If you keep your cast iron skillets seasoned properly they will perform just like non-stick skillets but they will last forever. I love buying and using things that you buy one time and can use throughout your life, and can then pass down to your grandchildren who can pass them down to their grandchildren and so on and so on. More than 25 years ago I bought a 10-1/2-Inch Round Griddle from a yard sale and I have used it for years to make flour tortillas, pancakes and crepes.
Seasoning Cast Iron Skillets
If you buy your cast iron skillet pre-seasoned you are set to go. Rinse with hot water once you get it home to remove any bacteria that may have accumulated from people touching the surface. Dry with a cloth or paper towel and apply cooking oil to the surface before using. Always place the cooking utensil on the burner prior to turning it on.
After using, scrape loose remnants of food from the skillet, rinse, dry and coat with cooking oil. Your skillet is ready to use.
If food sticks, just soak the skillet with water and scrape gently to remove.
Soap or Rust
If soap is used on your skillet it isn’t the end of the world, although it does remove some of the seasoning it can easily be rectified by washing, drying and coating with oil.
If your cast iron skillet is allowed to air dry it may show rust. In this case it is okay to lightly scrub with a Brillo pad to remove all traces of rust, rinse, dry and coat with oil.
Some people are scared of using cast iron, but it is pretty easy to use. There are a couple of things you want to remember.
- Never use soap on cast iron
- Always dry after washing
- Always oil is after drying
- Season occasionally
When your skillet is well seasoned, it acts just like non-stick!
I wash my skillets with hot water and a metal scrubber (never soaped Brillo pads), dry them with a dish towel and coat them with butter or coconut oil. On occasion, I’ll put about 1/3 cup of bacon grease or coconut oil into the skillet with a potato cut in half lengthwise. Then I’ll put the skillet on the stovetop and set it on low and just let it season for a couple of hours.