|"Re-seasoned Cast Iron Pans" uploaded to Flickr by Island Vittles|
But now it's back to the hum-drum of daily life.
In thinking for a tip today, I was inspired by a tip in Bon Appetit magazine and realized that I never shared any tips with you about how a cast iron skillet should be cleaned! You have a cast iron skillet, right? I hope so, because they are fabulous. You can make anything and almost everything in there - from cornbread, to eggs to pizza. If you don't have one, I highly recommend getting one.
And when you do get one...please do not put it in the dishwasher to clean it! It will ruin your new skillet. The most important thing you have to remember about cleaning cast iron is that you want to preserve the seasoning (the "grease" that protects it). So when cleaning, don't use any detergents or soap - simply use water and a pan scraper, rinse and dry immediately. Or, for really stubborn food, scrub the skillet with a 1 cup coarse kosher salt into the still warm pan and scour it with a folded towel. Rinse with hot water, and dry immediately.