Cast-iron cookware’s versatility and durability are unmatched. Its ease of cleaning can be, too. Don’t be intimidated—use these simple tricks and you’ll never second-guess using cast-iron cookware again.
- It’s best to clean a cast-iron skillet while it’s still warm. Do not soak, as this can cause rust.
- Gently scrub with hot water and a sponge. If food particles remain, rub with a paste made of coarse salt and water.
- Extra-stubborn food can be loosened by boiling a bit of water in the skillet.
- Thoroughly dry the skillet using a clean towel, or dry over low heat on the cooktop.
- Apply a light coating of vegetable oil or shortening to the inside of the skillet with a cloth or paper towel.