Washing cast iron cookware

Many people believe that cooking with cast iron is hard and everything sticks. I, on the other hand, am not one of those.

I don’t use cast iron for EVERYTHING but I do use it for many things such as breakfast sausage (any sausage), fried eggs and scrambled eggs are the main things that come to mind. What do these items have in common??? They are greasy or require grease/butter. Which brings me to the main reason for this blog, what is the best way to get that greasiness cleaned off? With Dawn dish detergent on the market, that de-greases everything from greasy fingers to giant oil spills in the Prince William Sound, you may think “that’s it!” well, no it’s not but… yes it is!

The trick? Don’t soak it. When you soak cast iron in soapy water it absorbs that taste which means the next few things you cook will taste soapy! and NO dishwashers – for the same reason, and iron spots.

Huh?? So don’t soak it but use it??? Yep!

This is what I do. I put the pans in the sink and run very hot water in them. I let them sit while I clean other areas as well as other dishes. Then I pour out the hot water and wipe it out with a paper towel. After I am done with all other dishes, I take my Scotch Brite Dobie Cleaning Pad (which scours without scratching) which already has soap in it from the other dishes and I clean it under warm running water. If it still feels greasy then I will add a drop of my Dawn to get that last greasiness!

I have been using these Scotch Brite pads for many, many years and I put one in my bathroom for cleaning the tub. They are excellent cleaners!!! I have been using Dawn since I have been a mom which is over 30 years! Somethings you just don’t skimp on 🙂


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