If your favorite cast iron skillet has become rusty, don’t throw it away! The great thing about cast iron cookware is that with a little time and attention, you can bring it back to life. We’ve included step-by-step instructions on how to clean, season, and revive a rusty cast iron skillet.
What is the Best Way to Clean a Cast Iron Pan?
Step 1: Remove Black Residue
Soak some paper towels with oil, and rub salt all over the bottom of the pan. Rinse the pan with water. If an oily residue remains, simmer a little water in the pan for about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Dry the Cast Iron Pan
Use paper towels to thoroughly dry the pan. This will help to adhere the oil to the pan and prevent rusting.
Step 3: Season the Pan with Oil
Pour some oil onto a paper towel and rub it all over the inside and outside of the pan, including the handle.
Step 4: Bake in the Oven
Preheat your oven to 375℉ and place the pan upside down in the oven. This will ensure that all surfaces are exposed to the heat. Bake for 1 hour, remove from the oven, and let the pan cool to room temperature.
Why is My Cast Iron Skillet So Sticky?
If you notice that your skillet is sticky, it could be a sign of excess oil build-up. You can remove the oil by baking the skillet upside down on the top rack of a 450 or 500℉ oven for one hour.
What Oil Should I Use for My Cast Iron Pan?
The oil you use should have a high smoke point. Vegetable oil, canola oil or melted shortening are good options that are both economical and easy to find at grocery stores. You can find more details in this post.
Can I Soak the Cast Iron Pan in Water to Remove the Black Residue?
To avoid rust, it’s best not to soak cast iron cookware. If you need to remove black residue or stuck-on food, use a nylon scrubbing brush or scrub with salt, and then rinse under warm water and dry thoroughly before rubbing with a thin layer of oil. You can also simmer a little water in the pan for 3-5 minutes, and then use a scraper.
How to Clean a Cast Iron Pan Step-By-Step Instructions
- Vegetable oil
- Paper towel
- Dish soap
- Cleaning brush
- Preheat the oven to 375℉.
- Sprinkle salt in your cast iron skillet.
- Soak some paper towels with oil, and rub the salt all over the bottom of the pan.
- Rinse with water. If there’s still some residue left, simmer a little water in the pan for about 5 minutes.
- Use dish soap to clean the pan with a cleaning brush.
- Then use some paper towels to dry the pan thoroughly.
- Pour some oil onto some paper towels.
- Then rub the paper towels all around the inside and outside of the pan.
- Place the pan upside down in the oven. Bake for about 1 hour.
- Remove the pan from the oven (be careful as it’s extremely hot). Let it cool to room temperature.