This Christmas my mom got me Miss Kay’s Cookbook. I’m sure most of you have heard of the Duck Dynasty craze that has swept the nation. Yep, I’m part of the problem! 🙂
As I was looking through the cookbook, I noticed that a lot of the recipes called for a cast iron skillet. Quite honestly, cast iron was a little intimidating to me. It’s so heavy, the handle gets hot, you can’t wash it! I mean… what part of that sounds fun?
That night, I found a cast iron skillet on sale, so despite my hesitation, I decided to give it a go. OH… MY…. GOODNESS! I now love cast iron! I feel like I’ve wasted years of my life because I never knew how amazing they were to cook with! The skillet heats evenly. You can make just about anything in the skillet (I just recently made focaccia bread). AND clean up is a breeze!
I didn’t know how to clean cast iron when I first got my pan, so I had to look up how… I thought I would pass along these simple step by step instructions.
How to clean an already seasoned cast iron pan:
1. Cook your food.
2. After removing the food… here’s my dirty pan.
3. Wipe the pan out with a paper towel to remove excess food.
4. Tun on the burner med/high and let the pan heat up.
5. Add a little Olive Oil (or whatever oil you prefer) and sprinkle in some salt.
6. Using tongs to hold a paper towel, scrub the pan. HINT: the salt acts as the abrasive
7. The salt will start to turn brown and your paper towel will get a little black.
8. After you have scoured the pan, run it under HOT water. It will hiss and steam like crazy, but all the food will be removed. HINT: you may need to repeat steps 5-8 for an extra dirty pan.
Once the pan has cooled, rub a light coating of olive oil all over the pan and you are done! It’s seasoned and ready to go for the next time.