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Friday, January 27, 2017

Quick Tip: Cleaning Cast Iron and More

One of my recent discoveries in the kitchen has been cast iron. I have found that cast iron is probably the longest lasting and most efficient types of pans to cook with. Cleaning cast iron can be tricky, as you can't just throw it into the dishwasher or let it soak in the sick since it will easily rust. 

Degrease cast iron with lemons

I found one great way to clean was with sea salt but have since started using lemons as well. Here is a quick run down of how to clean your cast iron pan:

Collection of cast iron pans

1. After use, heat up the pan as hot as you can. Then, using a silicone handle cover {here's my favorite}, but I admit that I usually turn off the burner and grab it with a terry towel, too - run under water in the sink and most of the stuff in the cast iron pan will come right out!

2. After rinsing, you can use sea salt in the bottom of the pan and a scrubber. But, I have found that instead of a scrubber, using a lemon {even a used lemon} cut in half, will get all that little bit of grease and grime out of the pan EASILY!

3. Rinse the pan and set back on the stove top. Turn heat on high for just a minute or two {don't walk away} until the water is all evaporated.

4. Wait a few minutes for the pan to cool. Put about 2-3 drops of oil in the bottom of the pan and use a paper towels to wipe down and cover the inside surface. 

Degrease and clean cast iron with lemons

That's it! Your pan will look amazing! You can even use lemons that you've used for juicing or limes, as it just needs that bit of citrus to get the grease out! Do you have any cast iron pans? How about pots? 

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  1. I have two cast iron skillets that I have been using for years. Both are old Wagners, and I would not trade them for all the non-stick cookware in the world. They are seasoned well enough that I usually only need to use a pot scraper to get off any stuck on bits. I will try the lemon trick for those times when I forget to clean the skillet right away and hot water isn't enough to get the grease off.

  2. Lemon is a great cleanser! Great idea with cast iron! Have you tried Lemon essential oil for cleaning? I was wondering if it would work on the cast iron as well.

  3. That is a sweet example of an eco-friendly cleaning process, which can save us quite a lot of money on degreasers and some such. Thank you for sharing!


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