How to clean cast iron pans


very dirty caked on grease on cast iron pans. what's the best/easiest way to clean the cast iron pans?

  7 answers
  • Cindy Cindy on May 02, 2018
    Hi Jodi, First of all, no soap on cast iron. To clean them, put them on your stove and turn the fire on as high as it will go. When the pan is screaming hot, turn the fire off and pour in a small amount of water. Then use a spatula and scrape off any food particles. Pour any leftover water in something to put in the trash. Then wipe dry with paper towels.

  • Dfm Dfm on May 02, 2018
    warm water dawn dish liquid. Metal sbrubbie.elboe grease.then re condition the pan.
    when clean

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 03, 2018

  • i clean mine immediately after I use it. I clean it with a gentle dish soap and dry it then I oil it up with a good coat of cooking oil. It still looks brand new.

  • Sally Frazier Sally Frazier on May 04, 2018
    Jodi: It's true, you never want to immerse cast iron pans in water but since they have been, you want to use a scrubbie ( metal) and scrub the inside and outside to make as clean as possible. Cast iron needs to be 'seasoned' from time to time. Once you have gotten the pans to where they are clean, wipe down with solid Crisco, (inside and out) wipe off excess and place in a low temperature oven for about an hour or two. When i use my cast iron, i simply wipe out the inside of the pan and rewipe with the Crisco again. If your pans look really bad after you have cleaned them you can do the Crisco/ re-wipe and repeat until the pans look the way you want them . I hope this helps.

  • Sarah Barganier Sarah Barganier on May 04, 2018
    I clean my cast iron in the sink with hot water and a brass wire brush. I bought a grill brush with a metal scraper on the end, I use the scraper to get all of the excess food off of the pan/pot/griddle, drop in trash, then put in the sink and turn on the hot water and use the brush to clean, to get into the tight areas I have a smaller round brass brush. I have found that using coconut oil to coat before cooking has taken off 40 years + of build up off my pots.

  • Pba10740645 Pba10740645 on May 04, 2018
    Caution about getting the cast iron pan extremely hot, then adding water. My sister's cast iron skillet cracked from the contrast in temperatures and was ruined.