I learned how to clean cast iron thanks to the amazing find in my barn. Yes, I found a cast iron dutch oven just sitting and rusting away in our barn. Could you die? I could die. So happy, especially since cast iron is probably my favorite thing to cook with. It’s what I grew up cooking on! Think giant pizzas in 20-inch skillets. So awesome.
Clean cast iron in 3 steps
First, I cleaned it with a ton of soap and water. A metal scrubber is okay to use!
Then I coated the entire thing with canola oil. I’ve heard that flaxseed oil is also good, but really you’ll probably be fine with almost anything.
Finally, I baked it in the oven for an hour at 350° F. And this is what it ended up looking like:
That’s it! Super easy! Yes, it is totally okay to use soap on your cast iron. Just make sure you oil it when you are done. We always washed our cast iron with soap growing up, and 20+ years later they are still in great shape.
And I finally have some temporary storage for all of our the rest of our cast iron pans:
Nathanael nailed some strips of wood to the back edges of the pegboard, put it up against the wall, and nailed it into some studs. Then he hung on it with all of his weight, just to make sure it would hold 🙂
How do you store your cast iron? What is your favorite thing to cook with cast iron?