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Avoid using the dishwasher, soap, or steel wool, as these may strip the pan’s seasoning. Scrub off stuck-on bits: To remove stuck-on food, scrub the pan with a paste of coarse kosher salt and water. Then rinse or wipe with a paper towel. Stubborn food residue may also be loosened by boiling water in the pan.
- What is the disadvantage of cast iron? Disadvantages of cast iron cookware Cast iron is heavier than other cookware. Bare cast iron is not the best for boiling water and cooking acidic foods. Cast iron cookware will need re-seasoning. Cast iron pans take longer to heat up.
- Can you use regular salt to clean cast iron? Use about a tablespoon of coarse salt, like kosher salt, in lukewarm water and scour with a kitchen towel. You can fold the kitchen towel and grip it with tongs if you don't want the grime on your hands. Remove the salt and rinse the skillet with hot water. Dry with a kitchen towel or use medium heat to dry it.
- How do I get my cast iron grates black again? Similar to knowing how to season a cast iron skillet, you would need to season your cast iron stove grates to prevent rust. After they have been cleaned, apply a light coating of cooking oil on the bottom of the grates. Next, bake the grate at 350°F for about 30 to 40 minutes.
- Can you clean iron with steel wool? Can I use steel wool or a metal scrubber to clean my cast iron pan? No! We recommend using a pan scraper or the Lodge Chainmail Scrubber to remove any stuck-on residue. We only recommend using steel wool or a metal scrubber to remove rust before reseasoning.
- What is the safest material for cookware? Cast iron. While iron can leach into food, it's generally accepted as being safe. Enamel-coated cast iron. Made of cast iron with a glass coating, the cookware heats like iron cookware but doesn't leach iron into food. Stainless steel. Glass. Lead-Free Ceramic. Copper.
- What is the best oil to season a cast-iron skillet? All cooking oils and fats can be used for seasoning cast iron, but based on availability, affordability, effectiveness, and having a high smoke point, Lodge recommends vegetable oil, melted shortening, or canola oil, like our Seasoning Spray.