Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

Cleaning cast-iron cookware.

Cleaning cast-iron cookware, originally uploaded by Coyoty.

I found the best way to clean cast-iron cookware is with a round scrubbing brush like shown above, and wet kosher salt. I'd read that cast-iron cookware should be scrubbed dry with salt, but I found that doesn't work very well with eggs and other bonding foods. When I rinse the pan with plain water (no detergents) and scrub it with wet salt, the bonded food comes off very easily. Then I just give it a final rinse, dry it completely with a clean cloth, and then let any remaining moisture evaporate.

The photo was taken just after I cleaned my Lodge dutch oven lid/frying pan after scrambling eggs, and it looks good as new. When I'd tried to clean it before after scrambling eggs, using the dry scrub method, it was difficult and made me hesitant to use it again. After using the wet method, I'm more inclined to use my Lodge cookware.

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