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
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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  • Mtg33076082
    Apr 17, 2018

    Yes I will try it cause it worth it. Love to iron skillets

  • Malcolm Chapman
    Jun 07, 2018

    I season my cast iron pan in my bbq .i get the charcoal really hot then rub the pan with vegetable oil and place it on the bbq and close the lid. I wait till the pan is black and shiny. Don’t put it in the oven as this fills your home with the smoking oil,

    Malcolm from the uk.

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