Cast Iron Cookware ROCKS & Can Last For DECADES With These Tips…
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Do you cook with cast iron? 🍳
I love cooking with cast iron cookware! It’s economical, naturally non-stick, and is super versatile. Cast iron can easily be used on the stove, oven, outdoor grill or campfire. If taken care of correctly, cast iron can last for many decades.
You do have to clean it in a certain way to avoid rusting. Here are some basic tips on cleaning your cast iron cookware. It’s actually not that difficult!
1. Wash cast iron by hand, not in the dishwasher.
Try simply wiping food out of the pan, and rinsing with warm water in the sink while using a scrub brush or sponge. I think it’s easier to wipe clean right after cooking – if possible, while food is still warm, instead of waiting until caked on and crusted.
2. Use course salt to help get rid of stuck on food particles.
Try scrubbing any stubborn food particles with course salt. This part seems counter-intuitive, but I find that scrubbing cast iron with course salt can be even more effective than soap. You can however use a small amount of dish soap if preferred, according to lodge.mfg.com.
3. Dry immediately.
To avoid rusting, try not to let your cast iron cookware sit to drip dry. Make sure to immediately use a towel to hand dry completely.
4. Rub with cooking oil to maintain seasoning.
After hand drying, pour in a little additional cooking oil and use a paper towel to rub oil in and around your cast iron pot or pan. This will keep it naturally non-stick for the next time you use it and prevent it from drying out. Hang or store in a dry place.
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.