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Anyone know a good way to clean cast-iron?

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EmmaPeel:
hi there khathleen and anyone else who doesn't understand why to never use soap on cast iron...

cast iron is porous.  that should be 'nuf said.

use hot water boiling water, cold water, old and saltt.  that's ALL.


--- Quote from: khathleen on November 21, 2010, 10:57:36 PM ---Just curious but what is wrong with cleaning cast iron with soap? I have one cast iron skillet that I've had a long time and I've always washed it off with soap and as far as I can tell it is just fine.

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khathleen:
Just curious but what is wrong with cleaning cast iron with soap? I have one cast iron skillet that I've had a long time and I've always washed it off with soap and as far as I can tell it is just fine.

EmmaPeel:

It's the simplest thing in the world.  Treat your cast iron with a bit of love and it will love you.  it's all i cook in and all i bake in, with the exception of boiling water for coffee, so i'm the cast iron expert.


rub oil or crisco all over the vessell, inside and out.

generously sprinkle on salt


]use an old rag to scrub it well

]stick the vessel in a hot fire -- a hibachi or outdoor cooker is best.  let it bake for about an hour.  if you don't have access to such, use a super hot oven.  bake about an hour and expect smoke.  ventilate well.

]finally NEVER NEVER NEVER use soap or detergent on your cast iron.  ONLY boiling water, oil and salt.  NEVER let your vessels stand with food or water.  they must be kept dry at all times.

blackeyedsusan:
Thank you, Mercy!   
                                    blackeyedsusan

mercy:
use kosher/or any coarse salt to scrub the pot and then rinse and dry well. than place in oven heat it to almost smoking, take out and then rub with vegetable oil(carefull not to burn yourself)
That is how I take care of my grandmother's cast iron, that is 100 years old. If it is rusted I have another way to save it
Mercy

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