Carolynn: maybe this will help! Good luck and happy cooking!
Excellent advice and directions here:
Hi! Here is a really good article on cleaning a cast iron skillet! Looks like the used bacon grease! (Interesting) and cook the pan.
Some excellent advice:
From my own experience, I know to never put it in water. Once seasoned, wipe it out with a scrubby (non metallic) after using. My grandmother taught me to warm it up again to remove any moisture. You can put it in a warm oven or on a low heat burner for a half hour. Watch it and you will see the moisture work out of. Grandma always then wiped it with lard or bacon grease on a paper towel to season. I prefer a dab of olive oil. It won't rust if you maintain it. If it ever does, for whatever reason, you can scrub it back down to unseasoned metal and season it again. Grandma was 83 when she passed, and she still was using her original cast iron after 50+ years of marriage.
For regular maintenance, just wipe out. If you must use water, make sure you don't use soap and that you heat immediately afterwards. This will prevent rusting. I put mine on the stove and watch for all water to disappear and the skillet to be one shade of black.
If you need to re-season, heat your oven to 350. Put in a pan to catch any drippings. Coat the skillet with vegetable shortening then put in the oven upside down for an hour. Turn off the oven and let completely cool.
Hi Carolynn - This is a great tutorial on how to clean, season, and care for cast iron skillets. Hope it helps! Hugs, Holly
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Hope this helps
Hi Carolynn: I have been using my cast iron pots and pans for over 65 years. I wash them with soap and water and if they get burned on gunk, I put a paste of vinegar and cream of tartar (the dry stuff) on them. Let it sit for about 15 seconds and scrub it off. When I wash my pots and pans, I make sure they are dry, put a light coating of oil on them, wipe it out with a paper towel and turn them upside down on my gas burner. If you don't have gas, then stick them in the oven for an hour at 250. I let them "cook" on my burners for about 5 minutes on high, let them cool, wipe them out and re-oil them and wipe them out again and put them away. They still look pretty new. You don't have to wash them out after every use, just wipe it out really good and re-oil. Just don't put a hot pot or pan into cold water or else it will crack or warp. They last forever if you take care of them, one is even my grandmothers fry pan, and she got it in about 1927. It looks great:) Good luck
Check out Pinterest for several ideas like this one https://www.pinterest.com/pin/702843085577516129/