How to Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet

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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.
  • how to clean and season a cast iron skillet, cleaning tips, how to
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.
  • how to clean and season a cast iron skillet, cleaning tips, how to
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.
  • how to clean and season a cast iron skillet, cleaning tips, how to
  • how to clean and season a cast iron skillet, cleaning tips, how to
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.
  • how to clean and season a cast iron skillet, cleaning tips, how to
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.
  • how to clean and season a cast iron skillet, cleaning tips, how to
To see how I finish off the seasoning, please click the link below.

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