Video: The Best Way to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

published Jan 9, 2015
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Do you have a new cast iron skillet in your life? A recent gift, perhaps, or a first step in setting up a new kitchen? The plain, old-fashioned cast iron skillet is one of the best tools for a cook — it heats evenly, browns beautifully, and is easy to clean.

Wait — easy to clean? Are you a little intimidated by cleaning this pan? Are you afraid to use soap or rub away its seasoning? No fear — cleaning it isn’t so complicated. Watch this short video to see how we do it!

Get step-by-step instructions: How To Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

It’s so simple, really! Just use a stiff brush to gently clean away any grime with hot water. You can use salt to help you really scrub away anything tough. Make sure to dry the pan on the stove, heating it up and helping all the water evaporate. Rub lightly with a little oil (if you want to — I do this about once or twice a month) and you’re ready to cook again!

Video by Rebecca Blumhagen: Rebecca Blumhagen (@rblumes) is an actor, writer and filmmaker who lives in NYC. She loves to travel for great ideas and important stories and counts it an honor to be able to bring The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy personalities to life through video!