Only you.

Often my relationships start with a powerful case of infatuation, as was the case with my cast iron skillet.  For months, I fantasized about having one.  Finally, I found and purchased a heavy-bottomed beauty at a second-hand shop.  (To be safe, I’d suggest purchasing a skillet that says “Made in the USA” on the bottom.  There are rumors that skillets made in China have been found to contain toxic metals.)  Problem was, I didn’t one single clue how to use it.


So I did what any 21st century lost soul would do – I googled.  Our start was rocky, as I tried, failed and tried again, but after time smoothed the jagged edges of my excitement, a permanent appreciation and respect developed between me and my now favorite skillet. We’re virtually monogamous; I even travel with him, much to the dismay of my husband as I pay over-weight baggage fees.  After years of developing a seasoning, he cooks anything from eggs to steak with relative ease.  There’s still occasionally a bit of sticking with thick sauces or scrambled eggs, but once I learned how to properly clean him, any residual bits can be fixed with ease, allowing me to continue onward with my non-stick building ways.

A few months back, we talked about How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet, but this week, let’s discuss cleaning.

Click HERE to learn How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

5 comments


  • LOVE my cast iron pan too…great tips Molly :)

    October 28, 2011
  • I think we’re kindred spirits. I live for my skillet. And I love that you travel with it. Girl after my own heart.

    November 1, 2011
  • This just might be the most valuable piece of cooking equipment there is!!

    November 1, 2011
  • Thanks for the tips! We just adore our cast iron skillet(s). It all started with a grill pan that came as a bonus when we bought our stainless steel cookware. We had a rough start too, but now we wouldn’t part with them.

    November 14, 2011
  • I just found your site last night and I love it! Beautiful pics, honest approach to food, and a fellow fan of cast iron? I’ll be coming back. :-)
    p.s. In one of your pics I saw a Who’s Your Farmer? t-shirt. I just have to say, very cool!

    December 6, 2011

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