I showed you How To: Season Your Cast Iron Skillet. Now I’m going to show you how to wash your cast iron skillet after cooking with it. Taking care of your cast iron skillet is unique compared to other cookware.
The most important rule to remember when washing your cast iron skillet is to NEVER use soap to clean your skillet. Soap is a de-greaser and will remove the seasoning on your skillet which would require you to season your skillet before using it again.
I wait till the skillet has cooled down enough to handle without an oven mit. I move it to the sink and sprinkle kosher salt in the pan. (I prefer kosher because its coarse and dissolves slower than table salt and also has better flavor). I also add a little bit of water, just enough to make a paste.
I then rub the salt in the skillet with my hands till I remove all the little bits of food that may have crusted on the pan.
Using coarse salt acts as a scrubber without removing the seasoning of the pan. It also adds to the seasoning of the pan. Not as much as when the pan is heated (which opens the natural pores of the pan) it’s a subtle enhancer.
Then I simply rinse the skillet out. Dry with a dish towel and you are done.
This method to cleaning is fast and easy. Much easier than scrubbing traditional pans trying to get out all that cooked on food.
Next up: Benefits of cooking with Cast Iron!