Cleaning a Cast Iron Skillet to Re-season

October 8, 2010

Cleaning a Cast Iron
SkilletWhat is the best way to clean up an old iron skillet? I know you are supposed to rub oil on them after use. Is it true you do not use soap in them? My grandmother's old iron skillet has a few rusty areas. I'd like to clean that all up and start using it on a regular basis.


By Danielle from Raleigh, NC


October 12, 20100 found this helpful
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The best way to season a cast iron skillet is to apply lard (you can get that in the super-market or Walmart) generously on both surfaces (including handles) and bake them in an oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F, then lower the temperature to 200 degrees F, flip the pan upside down over an aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Repeat this again using lard. If you are seasoning a new pan or gently used pan, do it only once - that should take care of it. But seasoning an old pan (especially that had rust), you have to do it twice. Hope this helps.


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October 12, 20100 found this helpful
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Scrub the rust off with steel wool, then season like asamuel suggests, or look in the archives for other methods. I usually just wash mine with a brush under hot running water, but I do use Dawn if I have burnt on stuff, because I wasn't watching when I was using it!!


Just re-season with some oil or lard, but no need to do the heating for 2 hours.

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May 9, 2010

I received a seasoned Bobby Flay cast iron skillet for Xmas and can't seem to cook anything without it sticking.


October 8, 2010

I got a cast iron skillet at a yard sale. How do I season it? I put Crisco inside and out and baked it for about 20 minutes.

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