How To Clean Your Cast Iron Pan
Cast iron skillets are incredibly versatile pieces of kitchen equipment. They are very sturdy and can get very, very hot. For that reason, they are favorites when cooking steaks, skin-on chicken or fish, frying, and more. They are also fabulous when you are transferring a dish from the stove top to the oven, or vice versa as cast iron pans can be put in an oven on a broiler without batting an eye.
With that being said, skillets can become a real hassle if you do not care for them correctly. For that reason, we think it is important for every chef – no matter if they’re pro or amateur – to refresh their knowledge on how to clean a cast iron skillet.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Your cast iron skillet
- Sponge, stiff brush or chainmail scrubber
- Cast iron seasoning oil
- Kosher salt
The first step to cleaning your skillet is to start cleaning it after you have used it. You are going to want to let it cool down slightly if it is piping hot, just for safety’s sake and also because a really hot skillet can actually warp overtime if it is quenched in cold water. However, you never want to let the skillet soak because this can lead to rust.
The second step is to use hot water and a sponge, stiff brush or chainmail scrubber to get rid of the gunk, some of which might be burned onto the skillet. You are going to want to avoid using dish soap or steel wool as these are known to actually strip the seasoning of the skillet.
The third step is to really just make sure that any of the remaining stuck-on bits are removed. You are going to want to keep cleaning until these stuck on bits are gone as they will only get harder to remove the longer they stay on. If you are still having trouble, consider using a chainmail scrubber for cast iron pans and water to get the pieces to release.
Next you are going to want to dry the skillet. Thoroughly. By that we mean rubbing it dry with a paper towel and then putting it over a stove on low heat to make sure that all the water in and on the pan has evaporated off.
The final step is taking a cloth or paper towel and applying a light coat of vegetable oil to the inside of the skillet. Some people even like to oil the outside to make sure that the entire pan is shining and beautiful. Once you spread it around, make sure to wipe it down again to remove any access oil.
Chainmail Scrubber for Cast Iron Pans
Tough on Grit. Easy on Seasoning.
Makes cast iron cleanup quick and easy. The worst messes come off in seconds. Will not rust or scratch your cast iron pans. Dishwasher safe.
- BLASTS CRUSTY DRIED FOOD: Get 10X more scrubbing power without damaging your perfectly seasoned cast iron skillets, stainless steel pans, stoneware
- JUST THE RIGHT SIZE: Can be used flat, bunched up, or folded. Scrub by hand or place on the cast iron scrubber end of your kitchen brush. Cleaning is easy, just wash in soapy water and rinse
- HIGH QUALITY AND WILL NOT RUST: This cast iron skillet cleaner is made from premium restaurant-grade stainless steel so it’s extremely durable and will not rust
- TOUGH BUT NOT TOO TOUGH: The rounded stainless-steel rings are tough on food but not on your pans
I love this chain mail! It can be hard to get cast iron clean, but this does the job perfectly…..clean up is so fast & easy!! I also love that you can throw the chain mail in the dishwasher & it comes clean! Definitely worth the purchase!
I love cast iron pans but not the messy cleaning to be done after the cooking. This chain scrubber works like magician and makes the messy cleaning really easy.. also cleaning of the scrubber is too easy.. I love my cast iron more now and use it regularly, thanks to this scrubber.
I love cooking in the cast iron skillet and got couple of cast iron skillets. But the difficulty of cleaning up the skillet was making me to avoid using the skillet. This cast iron chainmail scrubber works like magic and now I no more think a second for using my cast iron skillets. All 5 stars for this chainmail scrubber.
It's surprising how well this works. Sometimes I avoid using cast iron because clean up is difficult - now, problem solved. Works as effectively on most everything, actually. Rinses easily, dries quickly for storage, and doesn't wear out (in my life time). Easier on hands, too., I purchased the larger size, but would think the smaller size would be just as good.
It's surprising how well this works. I sometimes avoid using my cast iron because of clean up difficulties - that's a problem now solved. And not just cast iron: it works well on most everything else. Rinses easily, fast dry for storage, no rust, doesn't wear out (in my lifetime, anyway). I purchased the larger size, but I suspect the smaller one would be just as effective.
This iron scrubber works great. I used it to scrub away heavy grease and stains after cooking. The iron scrubber worked well and I didn’t have to scrub as hard as I would with a normal sponge or spend nearly as much time scrubbing. I also like how easy it is to clean after use and that food doesn’t get stuck to this iron scrubber like it would with a sponge.