Technique: How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
Cleaning a cast iron skillet after use is different than any other pan. Ideally, soap and water will never have to be used. If they are used, it is best to start over by seasoning the skillet before further use. The trick is to build up a coating on the pan that eventually provides a non-stick surface.
1. Once the skillet has been properly seasoned, use the skillet to cook per usual.
2. Immediately upon removing the cooked food from the pan, use a stainless steel sturdy spatula to scrape the food from the bottom of the pan. Unlike other teflon non-stick skillets, this pan will not be hurt by consistent hard pressure from the spatula. Scrape until all of the bits are released from the pan.
3. In order to handle without getting burned, allow the pan to cool slightly. I usually do the rest of the dishes at this point. By the time I am finished with the dishes, the cast iron skillet is ready for the next step.
4. Once the pan is cool to the touch, use a paper towel or cloth to wipe the skillet clean. A shiny coating of oil will remain.
5. The skillet is ready to be used again! When not in use, we store our cast iron skillet on the stovetop, upside-down, to prevent any flies or debris from landing inside.