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Old 08-10-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Iron skillet...cleaning procedure

Okay I cannot find a solid answer as to how it should be cleaned. I understand no soap but some people never clean it. How do you clean yours?

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:46 PM   #2
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Re: Iron skillet...cleaning procedure

I have a steel wool scrubber (Norwex brand), that I put a little soap on, and scrub all my cast iron with. I set it on the stove, and turn the burner on to dry it.

Sometimes, I just scrub it clean without soap, depending on what was in the pan. I've never understood the no-soap thing. I don't have a problem with it causing my pans to lose their seasoning. Even if the pan does lose a bit of seasoning, I just add a little more butter or whatever oil I'm using next time I use it. Cast iron is pretty easy to use, and almost completely indestructible.
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I rarely use soap on my cast iron, I just rinse it out with very hot water and give it a good going over with a dish cloth. If there is good stuck in it I use a few tablespoons of cheap salt and scrub them out.
If it is a very serious mess, I will use a scrubby with a tiny bit of soap and then I will season it again on the stovetop.
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I just scrub it with a wet scrubber. Never use soap!

Sometimes you can just wipe it out with a paper towel. Depending in what you cooked in it.

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Re: Iron skillet...cleaning procedure

Okay I figured at least rinsing is better than never doing it. I read how a lot of people don't but not sure if that's really sanitary
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Re: Iron skillet...cleaning procedure

Kosher salt.

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Never heard of not using soap in cast iron just stone ware. Grandma always used soap on all of her cast iron, she just dry them in the warm oven or over a burner.
Vinegar is a season and a cleaner, so if you want you could use vinegar to clean and season your pans at the same time.
I have done this with stone ware also.
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Re: Iron skillet...cleaning procedure

You don't really want to use vinegar in your new cast iron, it is good for removing rust from old pieces but it will strip your season off, this is the same reason you shouldn't cook acidic foods like tomatoes in cast iron. I do use it for things that have small amounts of vinegar like bbq beans but I would never put it straight on the pan.

I mostly use salt to clean mine and I always wipe it with a little oil and dry it on the stove. If there is something really stuck I might use a little bit of soap or if I cooked something stinky like fish then I use a little baking soda mixed with the salt.
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Re: Iron skillet...cleaning procedure

You don't really want to use vinegar in your new cast iron, it is good for removing rust from old pieces but it will strip your season off, this is the same reason you shouldn't cook acidic foods like tomatoes in cast iron. I do use it for things that have small amounts of vinegar like bbq beans but I would never put it straight on the pan.

I mostly use salt to clean mine and I always wipe it with a little oil and dry it on the stove. If there is something really stuck I might use a little bit of soap or if I cooked something stinky like fish then I use a little baking soda mixed with the salt.
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Re: Iron skillet...cleaning procedure

I do the same as Rightverne and Bellaroo.... Kosher Salt scrub. I do a quick rinse with water if it was especially greasy and wipe it dry (not air dry). If it isn't bad I just wipe it with a towel.
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