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"Master the Art of Cast Iron Care: The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Seasoning Your Skillet"

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Seasoning Your Skillet

By Damon FaulknerPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
How to clean a cast iron skillet

Cast iron skillets are a staple in many kitchens, known for their durability and versatility in cooking. However, to maintain their performance, it's important to take proper care of them, which starts with washing and seasoning. In this article, we'll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to clean and season your cast iron skillet, so that it lasts for many meals to come.

Introduction to How to clean a Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron skillets are an investment, both in terms of cost and the time you'll spend using them. Proper care and maintenance of your cast iron skillet will ensure that it lasts for years and continues to cook food evenly and efficiently.

I switched to using a cast iron skillet a while back and I am very glad I did. Here are few reasons for making the switch:

Durability: Cast iron skillets are extremely durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Versatility: Cast iron skillets can be used on the stovetop, in the oven, on the grill, and even over an open flame.

Non-Stick Surface: With proper seasoning, cast iron skillets develop a naturally non-stick surface that makes cooking and cleaning easier.

Even Heating: Cast iron skillets distribute heat evenly, which is ideal for searing, frying, and sautéing.

Retains Heat: Cast iron skillets retain heat well, making them perfect for slow cooking and maintaining a consistent temperature.

Adds Iron: Cooking with cast iron skillets can add iron to food, which is important for those with iron deficiencies.

Aesthetic: Cast iron skillets have a classic, timeless look that adds character to kitchens.

Increased Flavor: Cooking with cast iron skillets can enhance the natural flavors of food.

Affordable: Compared to other cookware materials, cast iron skillets are relatively inexpensive and provide great value.

Eco-Friendly: Cast iron skillets are made from natural materials and are recyclable, making them an environmentally friendly choice.

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Preparing the Skillet

Before washing your cast iron skillet, it's important to remove any excess food or debris that may have accumulated on its surface. This can be done by scraping it off with a spatula or a stiff brush. Avoid using soap initially, as it can strip the seasoning from the skillet and affect its performance.

Washing the Skillet

Once the excess food has been removed, use warm water and a stiff brush or sponge to clean the skillet. If the skillet is particularly dirty, a small amount of soap can be used to help loosen any stuck-on bits. However, be sure to rinse the skillet thoroughly to remove any residue.

It's important to dry the skillet immediately after washing it to prevent rust from forming. You can dry it with a clean cloth or paper towel, or place it on a low heat on the stove for a few minutes.

Seasoning the Skillet

Seasoning your cast iron skillet is the process of applying oil to its surface and heating it to create a non-stick coating. To season your skillet, apply a thin layer of my favorite seasoning wax to the surface and spread it evenly with a clean cloth. Place the skillet in a preheated oven at 450°F and bake it for 1 hour. Allow it to cool completely and repeat the process a few times to build up a durable, non-stick surface. I usually do mine a minimum of 3 times because I really don't want to have to do it that often...

Although it is important to repeat the seasoning process regularly to maintain the coating and prevent rust from forming. You should also avoid using metal utensils on the skillet, as they can scratch the surface and cause the seasoning to wear off.


In conclusion, proper care and maintenance of your cast iron skillet is essential to its longevity and performance. By following these steps, you'll be able to enjoy perfectly cooked meals for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about the care and cleaning of your cast iron skillet, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional for guidance. Happy cooking!

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