Myths About Cast Iron Skillets You Need To Stop Believing
If you are the proud owner of a cast iron skillet, then you might believe some of the most oft-told tales about what you should and shouldn't do with cast iron cookware. There's so many stories out there that reaching for a cast iron skillet, pot, or pan can seem a little intimidating, but don't worry - the truth isn't as complicated as you might think.
First, the good news! Cast iron is actually very low-maintenance once you know how to properly care for it, and it's very durable. If properly cared for, there's no need to worry about anything going awry.
There's an idea floating around the cast iron community that the pans are delicate, but there are some that have stuck around through generations. Need proof? Head to an antique store, estate sale, thrift shop, or auction. Chances are pretty good that you'll see some cast iron cookware that's been passed down for years, and that doesn't really make you think "delicate," right?
The biggest myth around cast iron skillets is that they cannot be washed with dish soap, as it'll ruin the seasoning. Though dish soap is made to strip oil, it cannot remove the skillet's seasoning because the seasoning itself is not just a coating of oil.
You build up a skillet's seasoning by pouring a small amount of oil into the hot pan and smoothing it over the surface with a paper towel. By heating the pan as you smear the oil, the oil cooks onto the pan and chemically attaches itself to the metal. While you definitely shouldn't soak the skillet in soapy water, using a bit of dish soap and warm water to clean your pan will not do any long-lasting damage.
After your skillet has been cleaned, you should re-season it, too. It's another falsehood that pre-seasoned pans don't have to ever be seasoned again. To do so, you can place the skillet on a burner set to the highest heat to let the remaining water evaporate. After the skillet is dry, just add and spread your oil. When it smokes, smear it around again and remove it from the heat to cool.
It's that easy! Now, there's no more kitchen confusion… about cleaning your cast iron, at least.
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