Susan Gaines
Susan Gaines
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  • Cocoa, FL
Asked on Oct 19, 2017

How can you clean a cast iron pan of burnt

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7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 19, 2017

    try bar keepers friend
  • Liz Toone
    on Oct 19, 2017

    Scrub with coarse salt and a washcloth. Don't use abrasive pads or cleansers as these can scratch the iron. Rinse and dry well with a clean cloth.
  • Janet
    on Oct 19, 2017

    You don't say what is burnt into the pan but you can cover the area with water, bring to a boil and usually remove burnt material after it has cooled. I have not tried it but I have read that you can add a dryer sheet to the water, bring to a boil and let cool.
  • Ken
    on Oct 19, 2017

    I don't even heat the water. Just let it soak overnight and use a plastic scrubber and hot running water the next day. Of course it depends on what and how much is burnt in the pan.
  • Tammy Jones
    on Oct 19, 2017

    With mine I use a brissel scrubber, and then I season the pan with oil to protect it from rusting.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Oct 19, 2017

    Make sure you reseason the pan.
  • 27524803
    on Oct 19, 2017

    If you have a self cleaning oven you can put the pan or skillet in the oven (open side down) and runs a self clean cycle.. (it is almost November and you have to get the oven ready for the turkey anyway) put a piece of foil on the bottom of the oven to catch the ash from the burnt on stuff.
    The really high heat makes the cast iron expand and the burnt on stuff just pops right off and turn to flakes.
    NOTE: most oven manufacturers recommend removing oven rack when running a cleaning cycle, as they may dis-color in the heat.
    Once the pan is clean it will need to be re-seasoned... this is what was recommended to me... and it worked...
    Use Crisco shortening and put a medium heavy coat on the pan, inside and out. put foil in the bottom of the oven to catch drips and put the pan on the center rack opening down Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30-45 minutes (the oven must be heated to over 360 degrees to reach the smoke point of the shortening) then turn the oven off and let the pan cool in the oven.
    This step will need to be repeated at least once more for a complete seasoning (I did mine 3 times, as it was older cast iron)

    To keep your cast iron clean... scrub with really hot water and a stiff brush and rinse well ... use soap only as a last resort.
    Dry your cast iron in a warm oven or heat on a burner until it is totally dry
    Let the pan cool and apply a thin coat of Crisco shortening (about 1/2 teaspoon on a paper towel) inside and out and wipe out as much as you can with a clean paper towel... your pan is ready to cook with again.
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