Don't let fear of damaging a cast iron skillet keep you from using this timeless kitchen accessory. Learn how to clean it in 3 easy steps.

Knowing how to treat your cast iron correctly will ensure it lasts for years, generations even. It's the toughest workhorse in the kitchen!

Cast iron gets better with age. It holds a nice even heat & is great for quick skillet meals.

However, it's not indestructible. Cast iron is not dishwasher safe or scratch-proof & it will rust if not cared for properly.

Step 1: Wash the skillet. Use hot water and remove any food debris with a wooden spatula.

Using soap on cast iron is controversial. If working with a well-seasoned pan, a mild soap can be used but it's best to stick to just water if possible.

Step 2: Dry the skillet. Use a soft towel then place the pan on the stove over a medium heat until fully dried. This will prevent rusting.

Step 3: Season the skillet. Rub a small amount of oil all over the skillet with a paper towel.

Seasoning creates a bond with the iron effectively making a non-stick surface without the use of toxic chemicals like non-stick cookware uses.

For exceptionally grimy pans - add water to the skillet & heat it on the stove until boiling. Scrape food debris off with a wooden spatula.

Or, create a paste with water & salt and scrub it on the surface of the skillet with a washcloth or towel until the debris is dislodged.

For long-term success with your cast iron skillet re-season often but avoid too much oil build-up. 

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