Cleaning cast iron

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15 Responses to Cleaning cast iron

  1. Andy says:

    Kent Rollins FTW!

  2. Tom W. says:

    handed down a Griswold 8 from Erie PA. only know it was in my Great Grandmothers kitchen. when she was young. Well worn, well used, also can beat someone to death with it and make a proper fluffy scrambled eggs any time. Heavy, but has to go in the ditch bag. Cook anything in it. Great tips. I’ve used Uhwarrie river sand sloshed like a goldminer after an open fire breakfast. dab of olive oil to wipe clean. Nothing like it. Oh. Boy Scout Troop Leader taught me the perfect Peach Cobbler open fire trick for cast iron Dutch Ovens. Look it up. handy trick.

  3. Bill says:

    We use two cast iron skillets for 90% of our cooking. I just run about 1/4″ of water in the pan when it gets too much gunk. Then put it back on the fire until the water boils for a while and do the same as he did with a wooden scraper over the sink. No soap or detergent ever.

    • Tom W. says:

      Cant remember exactly which Meet the Fokkers movie it was but Dinero character was bragging about never using soap in his cast iron for decades. Funny scene.

  4. rob says:


    Thanks for introducing me to this guy. His vids, combined with some of your posts, finally convinced me to just bite the bullet and buy a new 7″ Lodge castiron skillet a couple of years ago – after 70!

    Best move I’ve made in the kitchen since I convinced a couple of girls to help me paint in their britches. Them was the days….

  5. brighteyes says:

    I try to post and it says, Slow down you are posting to fast. What to hell does that mean? I sincerely doubt I’m the only one in here that can type. So, did I piss off the pope er something?

    • Wirecutter says:

      Naw, it’s a WordPress issue. It comes and goes and I’ve spent hours trying to fix it.

      • brighteyes says:

        Thanks for the response it happens about 75% of the time. Been going on about two weeks now.

      • Tim in AK says:

        Exactly what happened to me twice last night on the pole hauling thread, when I tried to reply back to the guy who replied to me.

        I gave up and tried again this morning and it went through.

  6. B says:

    Like Bill says, only I use a bit of soap, then bring it to a boil, let it cool enough that I can scrub it gently (usually everything wipes or scrapes out with a wooden scraper) than rinse twice, then wipe dry…place on the stove until it is hot enough to boil out any moisture. If it is seasoned right, you don’t need to wipe with oil every time either.

    I have skillets that are used 3-5 times a week that are 35 years old that were given to me used…and they are still perfect.

  7. J- says:

    I hate cooking on cast iron. Way too much work for a pan. I want to make breakfast not give myself a project.

  8. Tim in AK says:

    I finally went to an antique store, and sorted through a stack of ancient cast iron pans and picked out two or three and bought them.
    They work perfectly. I cook everything in them, including eggs.

    Then I either gave away or threw away the new Lodge pan I paid a high price for, because people said they were top of the line.
    I hated that worthless, over priced piece if shit, and its pebbly surface.

    Give me a 100 year old pan every time. Smooth as silk surface, and seasoned forever. Nothing sticks to them.

    • Bacon says:

      Lodge isn’t really top of the line but it’s still good quality. That pebbled surface is normal for a new pan, part of the casting process; it will become smooth with use. Those old pans didn’t start out that smooth.

  9. Jeffery in Alabama says:

    Once cast iron cookware is “cured”, use nothing more abrasive than a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe it out.

  10. Mike says:

    Between my current wife and me we have4 pots and 9 different pans. I bought 2, the rest were inherited from our parents or grandparents. One is about 25 gal “wash pot” I use for large stews.

    My first wife (deceased) and I were desperate to find somewhere to live in 1980 and wound up buying a mobile home. The lot manager gave us a cast iron pan in the deal. Still have the pan but that metal hovel had to go asap. I called it our Jimmy Carter home because the interest rates were so high we couldn’t afford a real house. Thank God for Ronald Reagan.

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