How do you properly clean cast iron pots and pans?
Clean it with hot water right after cooking and scrub it with a mild abrasive scrub (if needed). Do not use detergent or soap or hard abrasives such as steelwool or hard scrubbing pads. It destroys the coating.
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Seasoning, Cleaning & Caring for Cast Iron Pans When the pan has cooled after use, wipe it clean with paper towels. Wash the pan in hot water quickly without soaking or so…ap, then rinse. Dry thoroughly and apply a thin coating of fat or oil. Stubborn cooked-on or burned-on food is best removed by soaking in hot water. Use a plastic scouring pad if necessary. If that doesn't get it clean, soak the pan in a solution of 3 tablespoons of baking soda per 1 quart of water to remove burned-on food or grease. Do not scour off the seasoned finish built up on cast iron over long use. This necessitates reseasoning of the pan. Rust may be scoured with fine steel wool or scouring powder but reseasoning of the utensil will be necessary. More advice from Wiki s Contributors: . Exfoliate your iron pans. This is good for getting the little burnt bits off the bottom of the pan. You will need kosher salt, paper towels, and vegetable oil. Set the pan on the stove on low heat. Add only enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Heat pan until warm to the touch but not hot, then add a generous amount of kosher salt. "Scour" the pan with the paper towels and kosher salt until the burnt bits are removed. Wipe away excess oil and salt with a clean paper towel and rinse with water only. Dry immediately. . If the pots have a lot of buildup from age, get a good fire going in the fireplace or outside, remove any wooden handles, and throw in the pot. Carefully remove after about 30 minutes, cool, wash with hot water, dry, rub with unsalted oil, and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 hours to reseason it. . If you find rust on the pan even though it is dried thoroughly after use, try this additional drying method: Put the pan on the stove and let it heat until any water left in the pan has evaporated. . Soap or other cleaning agents should not be used on cast iron. After it's properly seasoned, all you need to clean it is hot water and a little oil. If you need more than that, then it's not properly seasoned. . To clean rust from an abused, garage-sale cast iron skillet, try soaking the it for 24 hours in a bath of 1 part molasses and 3 parts water. Clean with a bit of steel wool. Season the pan when finished. . The best way to really clean an iron pan is with a rotary wire brush. You can buy a stiff wire brush to mount on a power drill, preferably one that plugs in. You can remove the entire carbon coating and any rust with ease before reseasoning. Another Suggestion: In addition to the fine information presented by previous contributors, I would like to share a couple of little known secrets to cleaning & caring for cast iron. First, any challenging, cooked-on mess on a piece of cast iron can be done simply with white vinegar--or other kinds, I suspect, in a pinch--and paper towels or (and yes, I realize this is grave sacrilege) a metal scrubbie. In fact, straight vinegar is unmatched in its ability to easily clean food where water is not available. I learned this from a kind woman when I was a food demonstrator and I had to cook sausages all day in a skillet with little (or unfriendly) access to water. Amazing. And the vinegar & paper towels trick works on any cooking surface that I have tried. As for the complete prohibition of soap & water: nonsense. A very well-seasoned pan can tolerate gentle cleaning in the sink, if that is your preference. Just place your thoroughly cleaned & rinsed piece immediately on a hot stove, wipe lightly with oil, turn off the stove & you're done. So now there's no need to kill or curse well-intentioned friends or family members who try to help out by washing your skillets. And my cast iron pans are unmatched for their non-stick surfaces. So there. :>) Second, don't make the mistake of using too much oil when you season your pan (like I had numerous times over the years). Now I start with a clean, dry, hot pan, and just wipe it with a cooking oil, carefully wiping out any excess that appears as it heats & cools. And any time I use my oven, I will put any cast-iron-seasoning-in-progress items in as well, to take advantage of the heat; again, making sure that the surface of my piece stays very lightly & evenly oiled. Finally--and I am loathe to share this, as I fear it will leave a significant dearth in the availability of cast iron pieces at garage sales & flea markets --but the very best way to renew a piece of cast iron that appears completely & hopelessly encrusted with God-knows-what, is to simply put it in your self-cleaning oven--or a friend's who is willing). It is important to place your piece in the center of one of the racks--assuming the racks are tolerant of the process (some manufacturers warn of self-cleaning the racks at all). I have done this numerous times over the years, and I never fail to be amazed at the results. Very often I do not even recognize the piece that comes out. Another method. Experienced cast iron collectors/restorers will often use a lye bath to clean old cruddy pieces. Of course, there are safety issues involved here. I recommend reading the WAGS article; http://www.wag-society.org/Electrolysis/lye.php
Is a large cast iron pot that is used for outdoor bean dinners cleaned the same way as a regular cast iron pot?
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Answer . \nThoughly wash the pots and pans with dishwashing detergent. Dry the pots over heat (such as: on stovetop burner). Apply a generous coating of vegetable shortning… over the entire surface of the pot or pan and then bake the pot in a low oven for several hours in an oven set at less than 300 degrees. While in the baking process apply additional coats of shortning to the pot or pan. After the cast has absorbed the shortning, never leave the surface wet after washing. Always dry the cast with the use of stovetop or oven heat.
You can clean burnt oil from a cast iron pot by putting a bit ofwater in the pan, and placing it on the store. Let the water boil.As it does it should loosen the burnt on oil.… Dump the water outand scrub the pan. You can do this two or three more times ifeverything is not removed the first time.
Warm soapy water and a soft, non-abrasive scrubber (softer than the glass/enamel the pan is coated with). Soak it if you need to. Absolutely don't use steel wool.
I collect old cast iron, so I've seen some pieces that are pretty rough. The moldy smell is often caused by a collection of old rancid oil on the piece. Contrary to common b…elief, it's perfectly OK to wash cast iron pots in soapy water. I try not to, but I will when needs be. That's not to say that you won't possibly have to re-season the pot later, but that's no big deal. The No Soap "rule" comes from days gone by, when soap contained a lot of lye. Newer soaps don't. So that's what I'd try first. If the pot smells bad, you probably won't want to cook in it. You might as well give it a good soap and water wash. Just don't use anything too course to scrub with. Use one of those plastic scrubbies. Dry the piece well after you wash it, then give it a light coating of cooking oil inside and out if the smell has gone away. If not, then don't bother. If the smell remains, it's time to escalate. I'd try a light sanding of the surface of the pot. Use fine sandpaper and/or steel wool. Wash and dry and give it the old smell test. OK? Good. No, still smells? If this doesn't do it, it's time to completely strip the piece. This is done in a few ways. One, is to make and use an electrolysis machine, It's pretty easy, but requires an old battery charger and a few other pieces parts. Another way is to coat the piece with oven cleaner, wrap it up in a plastic trash bag and let it sit for a few days or a week. When it's clean, wash and dry it, then season it. The other way is to submerge the pot in a lye bath. I use one of those plastic tubby things that you can buy at WallyWorld or at a Dollar store, for $5. Just be sure it's big enough to hold the pot, submerged in liquid. Mix 1 can of lye with 4-5 gallons of water in the tubby. NOTE! Lye is evil stuff. Be very careful when you handle it. Slowly add the lye to the water. Use eye protection. Stir well, but gently ) Hang the pieces from the side of the tub with a steel coat hanger. (The hanger lets you remove the piece without sticking your hands in the lye) I usually let the pieces soak for several days or a week. I have left pieces in the tub for a month. They don't rust and aren't damaged. When the piece is properly cleaned, it will have a gray color to it. If the smell is gone after you've washed the piece, you can go ahead and re-season it. If, after all of this, the pot still smells, I'd offer it on Ebay as a boat anchor. Or, I'd make a kitchen clock out of it. SOME pots are beyond saving. Not many, but some. Others just make you so mad that they deserve a humiliating demise. Let's hope you can save yours!
wash it with hot soapy water and then put it on the stove with the heat down low and it will dry from the heat,otherwise if you let it air dry it will get rust inside of it.i …have cast iron frying pans that's how I've been cleaning and drying them for many years
A cast iron pot that has had food in it for a long time can becleaned and reused safely. You will want to get all of the food offof it first.
Feeling nostalgic? I have found the best cast iron equipment at antique stores. Adds to the ambiance. Just make sure you "seal" them properly to keep them from rusting. Otherw…ise a local sporting goods/military surplus store would have them.
I have had to clean many pots and pans in the woods through my years of camping. Here are a few tips. If you season the inside and outside of your cast iron cookware, the res…idue usually comes off with a wipe. Metal naturally discolors when direct (flame) heat is applied. If you are not too worried about losing any seasoning from the outside of a cast iron pot then steel wool and a little bit of water or sand works great. Be very careful to not get water onto the seasoning on the inside of the pan and certainly do not scrub the inside with the steel wool. Remember, cast iron cookware is about as useful as cooking on a rock if the seasoning is compromised. In the event you damage the seasoning, it cam be repaired by coating the pot in oil and baking. Hope I helped
I would suggest using just water and salt if you need an abrasive. Also, boiling water will help to take off food that is stuck. Using a dishsoap that is designed to remove gr…ease is counterproductive, since you want your cast iron cookware to stay seasoned. Plain old hot water will work wonders. Do not soak it in water either, as this just promotes rust.
Cast iron is well known for its even heating,heat retention, durability and value. Cast Iron Pan is naturallyNonstick. Easy to clean, Best for any kind of food & it isinexpens…ive.
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yes, you can but you have to use sand paper dont scrub to hard and use some laundry soap and that will do.
I would say lodge and and camp chef are pretty good brands of cast iron cookware. Le Creuset is suppose to be good also but it can be very expensive.
You can purchase large and small cast iron pots in most home ware stores and even by shopping online. Many places carry them and they are always easy to find.
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You can easily clean your cast iron pan. Washwith hot water, Use less amount of soap. After it, dry your pan orheat over the burner. Use some oil in the pan, for better cookin…gnext time.