how to clean a cast iron pan

How to Clean a Cast Iron Pan

We’ve tried some weird cleaning hacks in our time. Some of them work beautifully (like cleaning the soap scum off your glass shower doors with balled-up aluminum foil) and others, well, not so much. But when you find something that not only makes your life easier but gives you something fun to pass along, that’s a home run in our book. 

While the aluminum foil trick is our all-time favorite, this one’s a close second.

Don't Use Dish Soap!

We use our cast-iron skillet at least a few times a week to make steaks, nachos, chicken—you name it. The only tricky thing is cleaning it. Before I knew better, I tried cleaning it with dish soap and water, which is the biggest cast-iron faux-pas out there. Instead, my partner taught me an all-in-one way to clean and season it at once. With a potato. No kidding!   

Clean Your Cast-Iron Skillet In Seconds 

Start by cutting a regular potato in half so it fits in the palm of your hand, then grab a handful of coarse sea salt. After you preheat the oven to 400 degrees, sprinkle a generous amount of salt into the skillet, then place the potato, flat side down, onto the pan and scrub vigorously in small circles. Once the pan is clean, rinse with water and pat dry. If you want to season it too, here’s where the oven comes in: add a teaspoon of oil to the skillet, then spread it evenly with a paper towel. Put the skillet in the preheated oven for an hour, then wipe off any excess oil—et voila! It’s ready to use again!  

(Don’t worry, our dish soap is safe to use on everything else in your kitchen—promise!) Have another fun hack you want to share with us? DM us at @murchisonhume