by Texas Homesteader ~
To preserve the coveted finish of cast iron, the method required to clean it is different than other materials. But even so, it’s not hard at all. Just slightly different.
The skillets in my kitchen are comprised of a single stainless steel skillet for making my Homemade Chocolate Pudding and such, & several sizes of cast-iron skillets for cooking virtually everything else.
Now I love my stainless steel skillet but let’s be honest, I love cast iron the best.
And although mine’s virtually non-stick after decades of use, there still comes the time after frying potatoes or cooking scrambled eggs that results in a layer of cooked-on food to remain on the bottom of the skillet.
Now back in ‘the day‘ I’d scrub-scrub-scrub to get it clean again.
That was then, this is now…
Cast Iron Cookware Gets Lots Of Use
And I use those skillets on the stove top too for cooking Potato Cakes, frying potatoes or cooking eggs. (or anything savory really!)
It rocks my world whether I’m using it stove top or in the oven. It does it all.
It’s true that Caring For Cast Iron is a little different than cleaning typical cookware. You can’t just plunk a cast iron skillet in the dishwasher like you could other cookware materials.
And although some use soap on their cast iron when cleaning, I never have. I really want to preserve that long-term seasoning of the metal that only years of use can give.
And finally, since cast iron will rust it’s helpful to preserve the finish by applying a light coating of oil after it’s clean and dry.
But how do you clean your cast iron when you actually have a bit of food stuck on the surface?
Well I’ve discovered an oh-so-easy way to clean stuck-on food such as scrambled eggs or fried potatoes from my cast-iron skillets.
Of course I’d think this would work with any skillet, not just cast iron. But oh man, you’re not gonna believe how easy this is…
Some people swear they make cleaning stuck-on food on cast iron easier by scrubbing using elbow grease & coarse salt. Others use a metal cast-iron cleaning pad.
I don’t even have to go that far, my way is by far easiest for me.
Easy Cleaning For Cooked-On Food
First I place just enough water to cover the surface of the skillet. I don’t need much, just barely enough to cover the bottom surface of the skillet.
Then I place it on the burner and turn on the heat. Since there’s so little water in the skillet it takes less than a minute to get things simmering.
Then I simply turn off the heat & place a lid on the skillet. I’ll let it all cool down on it’s own as I go about my other kitchen-cleaning tasks.
This basically steams loose the stuck-on food. By the time I finish cleaning the kitchen, the water in the skillet has cooled.
So I remove the lid and use my spatula to effortlessly scrape away the previously stuck-on food.
I’m not kidding – it’s THAT easy! It all scrapes away easily without sticking to the bottom or sides of the skillet.
So I scoop out the food I’ve scraped away & throw it in the trash.
Then I take my cast-iron skillet to my sink where I use my dish scrubber and hot water to finish cleaning it and BOOM! Cast-Iron Perfection.
If needed I’ll run a thin layer of grease along the inside surface to keep it seasoned beautifully.
Then back into the storage drawer where it’s ready and waiting for next time.
Cast Iron Cookware Lasts Decades
Cast iron is my favored cooking material. It’s easy to maintain and it lasts for decades.
I have several cast-iron skillets of various sizes, but my favorite is my grandmother’s skillet.
Isn’t she a beauty? This square cast-iron skillet was presented as a wedding gift to my grandmother back in 1934 when she and my grandfather were married.
Then she gifted it to me back in the 1990’s and I’ve been using it ever since. Of course I’ll be passing it on to my children as well.
I daresay that modern cookware doesn’t have THAT kind of longevity!
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