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How to Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet

Am I the only one who collects cast iron skillets and never uses them? I had this grand dream of collecting them, cleaning them, cooking with them, and having a beautiful display set up just for them. Well, over the past year I've found them at yard sales, thrift stores, and was gifted a few but all they've done was collect dust. I just didn't want to take the time to clean them. I guess I was too lazy and really didn't want to do all of the dirty work.
Now there are a few recipes I want to try out, so I decided that it was finally time for me to get my hands dirty (literally) and get to cleaning. Here is how to clean and season a cast iron skillet to get from old and rusty to the squeaky clean ones I have now.
I used cup of baking soda and a copper scouring pad to scrub off the rust. I added about cup of water to the skillet and kept scrubbing until the water turned really murky.
Make sure you use kitchen gloves when handling the scouring pad because you can get stuck. I constantly rinsed out the skillet while scrubbing. I kept scrubbing and rinsing until the water ran clear. I used a dry cloth to completely dry the skillet off.
Now comes the seasoning of the skillet. No, I don't mean adding salt and pepper. I mean oiling the skillet to prevent it from rusting. Some people use vegetable oil and some use bacon fat. I prefer to use extra virgin olive oil.
To see how I finish off the seasoning, please click the link below.

To see more: http://www.thekreativelife.com/clean-season-cast-iron-skillet/

  • MaryStLouis
    MaryStLouis Squires, MO
    on Dec 26, 2014

    This is a simple, useful tutorial. Thank you!

    • Burks467
      on Dec 9, 2017

      Will oven cleaner work on grimy pots pans & cast iron skillets?

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Dec 29, 2014

    Great to know! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Julie
    Julie Hopkins, MN
    on Jan 9, 2015

    I use olive oil for mine too! Love olive oil for everything! Extra light also! My cast iron never rusts:)

  • Melissa Fulton
    Melissa Fulton
    on Jan 9, 2015

    Great idea. Course sea salt also works like the baking soda. I've used both. I have a new skillet now that is being a little difficult to season and I'm going to keep cleaning and reseasoning until that sucker is cured! Sometimes you have to do this process a couple of times.

    • Melissa Fulton
      Melissa Fulton
      on Jan 9, 2015

      You all are correct. I have a new one that is being a bear to season, but I'm not giving up. I too have one that was my great-great-grandmothers and that boy can fry up some chicken like no other.

  • Mary Sutterfield
    Mary Sutterfield Baton Rouge, LA
    on Jan 9, 2015

    Luv it

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