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How to Clean Cast Iron Pans in 3 Steps

A Skeppshult cast iron pan being gently cleaned under warm water, highlighting the ease of maintenance.
Caring for cast iron cookware is simpler than you might think. While cast iron skillets from Skeppshult are renowned for their durability and versatility, proper cleaning is key to maintaining their exceptional performance. Here’s a quick and effective three-step guide to keeping your cast iron pans, dutch ovens or griddles clean, followed by a brief introduction to seasoning and deep cleaning.

Step 1: Clean After Each Use

After cooking, while the skillet is still warm (but not too hot), rinse it under warm water. Using a dedicated brush, gently scrub off any food particles. The warmth of the skillet will help release stuck-on food.

Key Tips:

  • Avoid using soap or detergents, as they can strip away the natural non-stick seasoning.
  • For stubborn food residue, a paste of coarse salt and water can be used as a natural abrasive.
  • Never soak cast iron in water, as this can lead to rust.

Step 2: Dry Thoroughly

Immediately after rinsing, thoroughly dry your cast iron. This can be done using a clean, dry cloth or paper towel. For extra assurance, place the pan on a low heat source for a few minutes to evaporate any remaining moisture.

Remember: Moisture is the enemy of cast iron, so ensuring the cookware is completely dry is crucial to prevent rusting.

Step 3: A Light Oil Coating

Once dry, apply a light coat of oil to the surface of the skillet or dutch oven. Use a high-smoke-point oil like canola or vegetable oil. Wipe it down with a paper towel, ensuring a thin, even layer of oil is applied. This light oiling helps maintain the cast iron cookware’s seasoning and provides a basic level of protection until its next use. For more information, read our Comparative Guide on The Best Oils for Seasoning Cast Iron.
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A Quick Note on Seasoning and Deep Cleaning

Seasoning: Regular seasoning is vital to maintain the non-stick properties of your cast iron cookware. For more detailed instructions on seasoning, please visit our Care Guide.

Deep Cleaning: If your cast iron pan has developed stubborn stains or rust, don’t worry – it may just require deep cleaning and can be restored. Deep cleaning involves a more comprehensive process to remove rust and build-up, rejuvenating your cookware. Detailed instructions for this process are available on our Care Guide page. Remember, a well-loved cast iron pan can almost always be brought back to its former glory with the right care.

Original price was: $675.00.Current price is: $575.00.

FAQs: Cleaning Cast Iron Pans

By following these straightforward steps, you can easily maintain your Skeppshult cast iron skillets, ensuring they remain a cherished part of your kitchen for years to come. For further details on seasoning and deep cleaning, be sure to visit our comprehensive Care Guide.

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