Cast iron cookware is rightly praised for its durability, its natural non-stick qualities, and its ability to retain heat. However, cast iron does have a few disadvantages as well. Unlike modern teflon-coated aluminum cookware, cast iron can rust if it's exposed to water.
When I bought my first one, I went with a classic Lodge, of course. As soon as I figured out the seasoning process, I started to use it for everything. While most people will use their cast iron for cooking cornbread or frying, I use it for everything from steaks to scrambled eggs.
And take it from me, an anemic gal, cooking on a cast iron skillet is waaaay better than choking back liquid Geritol. Using a non-metal brush or non-abrasive scrubber, rinse the pan under hot water and give it a good scrub. Use a dollop of soap if needed and rinse well.
All well-maintained cast-iron skillets will become more nonstick with time. While you might think this will take years, we found a significant difference in our pans after just a few weeks of regular use in the test kitchen. Properly maintaining the seasoning on your skillet begins with properly cleaning it.
Follow this method to completely remove any residual seasoning on a cast-iron pan before reseasoning it. Easy-Off Oven Cleaner is a caustic alkali, so be sure to work outdoors, wear rubber gloves, and avoid spraying near your face or skin. Working outdoors, place concrete block on ground and cover with heavy-duty kitchen trash bag, draping bag over block so that sides of bag will be easy to grasp and pull up over skillet.
This post covers cleaning and restoring cast iron with step by step photos. I cringe a little every time I see bad rust on a cast iron pan. When I was first married I had a cast iron pan and my husband, after cooking breakfast for me, left the pan soaking in the sink.
Whether at a campsite or at home, our cast iron skillet is the first pan we reach for. In this guide, shed some light on this classic piece of camp cookware and show you how to season, cook with, clean, and maintain your cast iron. If properly cared for, cast iron can last for generations.
Betty asked: How do I get grease build up off the outside of a black cast iron frying pan? There is a terrible build up of grease on my black cast iron frying pan. Please help. Cast iron skillets are prize cookware for many home cooks and professionals alike.