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How to scrub a cast iron skillet

Cómo fregar una sartén de hierro fundido

Washing a cast iron skillet: step-by-step guide to make them last longer.

Preserving your cookware, particularly a cast iron skillet, is crucial to extending its life and optimizing its performance in the kitchen. Although the process of cleaning a cast iron skillet may seem complex, following a few simple steps can ensure that it remains an essential companion in the kitchen for years to come. Here is a detailed guide to scrubbing your cast iron skillet effectively.

Use hot water immediately

After using your cast iron skillet, pour hot water into it immediately. Fill it halfway with the hottest water you can tolerate. This step will make it easier to remove food debris later. Instead of taking the pan to the sink, let it sit on the hob.

Pour the water carefully

To avoid unnecessary spills, pour the water into the pan using a glass instead of running it to the tap. This method greatly simplifies the cleaning process.

Eliminate excess food

Use a copper scouring pad or a stiff bristle brush to remove food residue. Hold the pan with an oven mitt in your less skilled hand and use your other hand to wipe away any leftover food. Once the pan is clean, pour the water into the sink.

Avoid using detergent or steel wool

To preserve the pan's coating, avoid using detergents or steel wool. If the water is too hot, use a long-handled brush or hold the sponge with tongs to protect your hands. We recommend using our gentle but effective copper scrubber along with our Lemongrass No. 400 dish soap for optimal cleaning.

Dry the pan properly

Place the pan on the hob over very low heat for a few minutes to dry it completely. Remove it from the heat and make sure to remove any traces of water or moisture to prevent oxidation.

Apply olive oil to keep the pan

After drying it, apply olive oil to the pan using absorbent paper. This will help keep it in optimal condition. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the pan and rub it with absorbent paper to cover the entire cooking surface. Make circular movements to polish the iron with the oil. Let the oil absorb for 20 to 30 minutes before putting the pan away.

By following these simple steps, you will be able to keep your cast iron skillet in excellent condition and enjoy using it in the kitchen for a long time. Remember that regular care is essential to preserve the quality and performance of your favorite cookware.

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