· By Kyle Harrison
Cast Iron Cleaning
Wash - Step 1
Wash your cast iron cookware by hand. You can use a small amount of soap. If needed, use a pan scraper for stuck on food. For stubborn, stuck-on food, simmer a little water for 3-5 minutes, then use the scraper after the pan has cooled.
Dry - Step 2
Dry promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. If you notice a little black residue on your towel, it's just seasoning and is perfectly normal.
Oil - Step 3
Rub a very light layer of cooking oil or Seasoning Spray onto the surface of your cookware. Use a paper towel to wipe the surface until no oil residue remains.
Cast Iron Cleaning FAQ's
Q - Can I soak my cast iron pan?
A - No! Soaking cast iron in water is a recipe for rust. If you need to remove sticky or stubborn stuck-on food, use a nylon scrubbing brush or a pan scraper and rinse under warm water. Be sure to thoroughly dry your pan.
Note: If you do accidentally leave your pan in water for too long and it develops rust, don't panic! With a little extra care, you can remove the rust and continue using your cast iron cookware.
Can I use soap to wash cast iron?
Contrary to popular belief, you can use a small amount of soap to clean cast iron cookware! Large amounts of soap can strip the seasoning off your pan, but you can easily re-season your pan as needed.
Can I use steel wool or a metal scrubber to clean my cast iron pan?
No! We recommend using a pan scraper to remove any stuck-on residue. We only recommend using steel wool or a metal scrubber to remove rust before reseasoning.
Can I put my cast iron pan in the dishwasher?
No. Our cast iron cookware should be washed by hand. A dishwasher will remove the seasoning and likely cause rust.