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Cleaning Cast Iron
- Wash your cast iron with a nylon bristle scrub brush and hot water. If you still have stuck-on bits, use a pan scraper to get them off.
- If the food is extra sticky, simmer a little water in the pan for a minute, then use the scraper after the water has cooled.
- Thoroughly dry the pan right away with a dishcloth or paper towel.
- After the pan is dry, rub the pan with a very light layer of vegetable or canola oil while the cookware is still warm.
- Hang or store your cast iron in a dry place
How to Remove Rust From Cast Iron
If you’re following the cleaning suggestions listed above, it’s unlikely your cast iron will rust. But if it does happen, it’s ok—you can’t ruin these pans!
Cast Iron Cleaning Q&A
What Utensils Can I Use With Cast Iron?
Use any utensils you like, even metal. There’s no chemical coating that the tools can damage.
Can I Use Soap on Cast Iron?
Soap isn’t always necessary, but if you like, a little mild detergent is okay. Stay away from dishwashers and metal scouring pads, which can harm the pan’s seasoning.
How Do I Keep My Pans From Getting Sticky?
Apply oil to a warm pan and don’t over oil your pan. The seasoning will build up over time.
What Type of Oil Should I Use?
Any food-safe cooking oil or shortening will work, but our Test Kitchen experts prefer vegetable oil or canola oil.
What’s This Dark Residue I See When I Clean My Cast Iron?
Occasionally, you may notice some dark residue on your paper towel or cloth while cleaning it. The residue is just the seasoning (the baked-on cooking oil) responding to foods that may be slightly acidic (like tomato sauce) or alkaline (like spinach and kale). The residue will disappear with regular use and care.
Maintaining your Cast Iron Video:)