Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning

Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning

Thirty-six years ago I was given a large cast iron skillet as a wedding gift.  For several months it was moved around the kitchen until one day the hubby brought home some freshly caught fish.  He insisted on using the cast iron skillet to fry up these fish.

Honestly it was one of the best meals I have ever enjoyed.  Now came the part of clean up.  Remembering my mom used all kinds of different size and shapes cast iron cooking skillets and pots of course I called mom.  Yes, I called my mommy for help!  No regrets mom always comes through.

Mom explained how to clean out the skillet and store it for use the next time I wanted to use the skillet.  She explained how to keep it seasoned so nothing would stick.  Plus informed me how to use it to make wonderful meals on top the stove, in the oven and even out on the BBQ grill.

My whole world changed!  Some people will claim they are so big and heavy, clumsy, get hot (for more even cooking) and all kinds of other excuses.  All I can say is give cast iron a chance.

How does one go about seasoning and cleaning all those cast iron skillets and pots.  Not hard at all.  Follow along and I will walk you through the process.

How to Season Cast Iron

Warm your skillet over low heat.
Using a paper towel and seasoning oil or fat (corn or vegetable oil) Pour around 2 tablespoons of oil into your skillet.  Using the paper towel coat the oil inside and out of your skillet completely, including the sides and handle.
Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees.  Place skillet inwoven for one hour.  You might want to line the oven with foil so no mess is made.
If you see some smoke coming from the skillet, DON’T panic all is well.
NOTE:  If the temperature is too low the oil will be sticky which is not good.
After an hour turn off the oven and let skillet cool.
Wipe clean and store.


Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning

How to Clean Your Cast Iron

Rinse off skillet with warm water to wash away and remove loose food.

Coarse salt makes an excellent paste to scrub out your cast iron.  Pour 1/4 cup salt and add few drops water into the skillet.  Make a paste.  Using an old plastic dough scraper rub the salt paste around to clean the skillet.

You can also use those plastic dollar store scribes that come in a pack of 5 for $1.00 to scrub out your cast iron.

Don’t use dish soap on cast iron.  If soap is used accidentally be sure to rinse and dry completely.  Apply a light coating of oil and wipe completely clean.

Always and I mean always put your cast iron away completely DRY.  Rust spots will form if stored wet or damp.

See how easy it is to take care of all your cast iron cooking utensils.  Now go on and make a delicious meal your whole family will enjoy.  Clean up is a breeze!

ENJOY!  Cinnamon Dutch Baby


37 thoughts on “Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning

  1. I’m terrible because I don’t cook with a cast iron. My mom still does and I learned to cook with them but down own one. I’m going to ask Mommy to get me one and Season it for me. Lol

  2. His is such an awesome tips, thank you so much. My father-in-law gave me some of his cast iron. So each time I use it I nake sure it clean and well maintain.

  3. My husband inherited a gorgeous cast iron pot from his grandmother after she passed away and did a lot of research on how to properly care for it. It does take a bit of effort, but the pot produces fantastic (and tasty!) results.

  4. I’ve been meaning to buy a cast iron pan but still scared because no one in the family knows ho to use it. This will be an awesome guide for me when I finally get one!

  5. Thank you for these tips on how to clean, care and store our cast iron skillets. They don’t come cheap and it is just right that we give them the proper care.

  6. I grew up using cast iron pots and pans and my Mom still uses them. I miss using pots actually. I only have a cast iron skillet in my kitchen. Proper cleaning is a must for these type of kitchen tools.

  7. I love my cast iron skillets and dutch oven. People think they are hard to clean and maintain but they’re not. Also it’s a myth not to use soap on cast iron. Actually a mild soap can be used.because the oil has already broken down into and bonded to the surface of the metal. You should just never leave a cast iron skillet soaking in soap water.

  8. Good idea to post! My dad always taught me to use hot water to clean it and never soap. 🙂 We used lots of skillet cooking when our kids were in Scouts and from experience, Ladies never season with olive oil ~ turns rancid! Ick! 😉 The trick for leaving an oiled piece of rolled up paper towel between the lid and the pan helps keep the pan from smelling, too.

    Happy cooking and thank you for the tutorial! Happily posted to my Cleaning board,
    Barb 🙂

  9. Wow! I had no idea you weren’t supposed to use soap on cast iron. I will have to remember this. I used to have a cast iron griddle, but it’s disappeared since we moved.

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