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How to Restore, Season and Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

Learn how easy it is to restore, season and clean your old cast iron skillet so that it will last for generations to come.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 Clean Pan

Equipment

  • cast-iron pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cast iron skillet
  • 1 brillo pad
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • nonabrasive scour pad with 2 tablespoons of salt or soft bristle cleaning brush

Instructions

  • To Restore: Scrub under hot water using a brillo pad on all sides to remove all rust spots.
  • Dry thoroughly using a kitchen towel or on a stovetop burner on high heat.
  • To Season: Generously rub 3 tablespoons of oil into both sides of the pan using a paper towel.
  • Next, use a separate paper towel to remove any excess left on oil.
  • Place upside down in the middle of your oven rack at 500° for 1 hour. Store or use.
  • To Maintain: Scrub with hot water using a nonabrasive scour pad with 2 tablespoons of salt or a soft bristle cleaning brush to remove all unwanted stuck-on food particles.
  • Dry thoroughly using a kitchen towel or on a stovetop burner on high heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil and rub it into the pan on both sides.
  • Place in the oven on the middle rack at 500° or over a burner on high heat until it reaches the oil smoking point. You do this so the oil does not spoil.
  • Cool and store.

Notes

Chef Notes:
There is no cast-iron pan that is too far out of reach to be cleaned using this process.
Anything can be cooked in a seasoned-up cast iron skillet, even something as simple as sautéed vegetables.
The same process also applies to carbon steel pans