How do you clean a cast iron pot?- Tips-n-Tricks

After you use a cast iron pot how do you clean it? I have ruined too many of them that I have quit using them. Soap/no soap.. if no soap then how to get rid of the grease and the "yuck" . My pots start having a funky taste after a while or they rust.. any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    After you use a cast iron pot how do you clean it? I have ruined too many of them that I have quit using them. Soap/no soap.. if no soap then how to get rid of the grease and the "yuck" . My pots start having a funky taste after a while or they rust.. any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi svidal, you never, ever "wash" cast iron with soaps. Detergents/soaps contain sulfides and bind to the oils in the skillet and strip them. Meaning if you use soap, you'll have to reseason your skillet/pot Every single time or it will rust.

    Here's the easiest way to clean it:

    1. Fill the pot with water to the line that you can still see stuck on food,
    2. bring it to a boil and gently boil 2 minutes.
    3. carefully carry the pot to the sink with the boiling water
    4. Using a wide spatula, scrap the sides of the pot to remove and remaining food scraps.
    5. dump the boiling water in the sink
    6. return the pot to the burner (with the burner off)
    7. wet a couple papertowels and wipe the surface of the pot, your paper towel will contain a dark layer of residue.
    8. Apply a thin coating of fat- shortening or vegetable oil, to give the pan back it's smooth, glossy finish- don't use an animal product- like lard- it will go rancid.
    9. Store it in a cool, dry place without a lid on it. Leaving the lid on causes moisture to accumulate, which is what causes your rust. If you're worried about dust, cover it with a paper towel

    If you have rust you can cut a raw potato in half, dip the cut side in baking soda and scrub your skillet/pot. Rinse the pan well and re-season it.

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    Thanks Baconeater. DH just bought 2 skillets for ribeyes and I didn't want to ruin these also.

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    I rinse my cast iron pots and pans with hot water and then scrub them with salt to get all the food particle off. Rinse again with hot water, dry and store.

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    I was taught to first season by wiping with shortening and placing in the oven until it started to smoke. Then just wash with water and wipe again with shortening after each use. Also if there is a big build up of grease on the outside of the pan then you can burn it off in an open fire then re season in the oven again.

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    I've had my cast iron pots for over twenty five years and they just keep getting better with age. I wash my pots and pans in the same soapy water that I use for all my other dishes. After I dry the cast iron, I let it sit on the stove top for about a half hour to let the air evaporate any residual moisture, then I rub it with a bit of veg oil. I think the most important thing with cast iron is to use it OFTEN and hang it up when not in use. Don't leave it languishing in the cupboard or under the stove. Make it your "go-to" pot or frypan. The more you use it, the better it becomes. Mine is as good as a non-stick pan. My sister got mum's cast iron frypan when mum passed away and it's over 60 years old. The most frugal practice is to buy something that will last longer than you will.

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    I use hot tap water (set to 145 degrees) and a scrub brush made for pots and pans. I run the water into the pan while scrubbing it until the surface is clean (I usually have several pans to do so I set it aside until I have scrubbed them all) then take a paper towel folded into about a 1.5" square and wipe the water out then spray a little canola oil (not cooking spray) into each pan, refold the last fold the other way and spread the oil around the pan removing excess and put them away. Any lids I use I treat the same way. I have been doing this for nearly 40 years with pans that were made in the 1800s through the mid 1950s and they are better nonstick than any teflon I have ever seen.

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    I just found a used cast iron fry pan, I washed it well with soap & water,even used a scrubber on it to get off cooked on yucky stuff. Then let it dry for about an hour. I then used some canola oil on paper towel and wiped the pan. let it sit for a bit. Then cooked eggs in it, they came out fine. Washed it again and re-oiled it. It's ready for the next use!

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    I never use soap on a cast iron pot. I'm with the boil water, scrape, wipe, and oil crowd. I thoroughly agree that a properly seasoned cast iron skillet is THE BEST thing ever to cook with. You'll never have a burger that tastes better than one cooked on a 100+ year old skillet!

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    Soap and scrubbing has never been a problem, I do that daily to all my cast iron. Like several people have stated, let it air dry or put it on the stove to heat dry and hang it up.

    I've never met a cast iron pan that was truly ruined, unless it was cracked. They can be brought back to life!!!

    The quickest and most fun way to season a cast iron pan is to cook pop corn in it!!! Get a lid, any kind of lid, (glass ones are fun!) put a little oil in the bottom of the pan, get it smoking hot, put in a tablespoon or so of corn kernels, put the lid on, when they start popping, shake shake shake, when the pop corn is done, the pan is seasoned to perfection!

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    I use hot water & soap. For build ups, I upose a chore girl to get rid of the muck. I reoil the pot & put it into the oven on 350 degrees & leave it about a half hour to reset it.
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    Thanks for the tip on how to get the rust out. I found one setting in my grandmothers basement and was ready to throw it away.

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    Cast iron is absolutely the best. Be careful as many discounters and Army/Navy surplus stores are selling inferior overseas made or "aluminum"! I only purchase Lodge brand. I never use soap; there is no need to. Just make sure to thoroughly dry by leaving the pan over the burner until very dry. You can coat with coconut oil to protect also; I'm trying to stay away for hydrogenated oils or shortenings. Ro

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    First of all ....cast iron needs to be "greasy". I use cast iron all the time , I got a griddle for Christmas this year ... Never put soap in your cast iron. I use hot water and a metal scratcher. I think there called chore girl or boy. LOL If the food is really suck on, put it back on the stove and bring some water to a boil, this usually loosen any thing up. When my pans start to get a little sticky I make home made french frys, this seasons them. And always store your cast iron, sprayed with oil. My big old dutch over makes the best bread. Yum.. Once you get the hang of cast iron , you will never use any thing else. They are so darn heavy you even get a work out when you cook.
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    For those cast iron pots that has a build up of many years worth of grease and scale, here is the way I was taught. Get a can of oven cleaner, a heavy duty garbage bag, protective gloves and eye protection. Spray the pan well, place in garbage bag. Seal for a couple of days. Use a brass brush(it won't scratch the iron) brush it really good. If there is some areas that didn't come clean, repeat the treatment on those areas. After the piece is cleaned to your satisfaction, it is time to season it. Preheat the oven to 125 F., this removes any moisture in the oven that could condense on your cast iron. Preheat the pot for 15 minutes or until hot. Remove and wipe down with shortening. I prefer Crisco. Back in the oven, raise the temp. to 225, heat for 30 minutes, remove and wipe any pooling of the shortening, leaving the pot shining wet. Timing is important, too long and the shortening will thicken. Replace the pot back in the oven for another 30 minutes, remove and cool down for a bit, then wipe it to a dull shine. The initial seasoning should be done now. The wrong way to clean cast iron are the folowing:
    Throw in a fire: could warp or crack the cast iron
    Self cleaning oven: the intense heat can warp or crack a skillet
    Sandblasting: A cardinal sin of cast iron lovers. I watched a fellow sandblast a Griswold 12" skillet, turn it a dull gray...

 

 
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