How to CookCast Iron

Watch: Amanda Hesser's Favorite Way to Clean Cast Iron

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Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today, Amanda shows us how to clean a cast iron pan.

Cleaning Cast Iron

We've talked about the value of cast iron pans, and how every kitchen needs one. We've shown you how to season them. But what do you do when you've got stubborn bits of food stuck to your cast iron? Don't reach for soap and an abrasive scrubber—you'll lose your seasoning, and no one wants that. Lost seasoning means even more sticking and, what's worse, it invites rust to hang out on your pan. Here, Amanda shares our favorite method for cleaning cast iron. 

Do you have any other tricks for cleaning cast iron pans? 


Today's video was shot by Alex Lisowski, and edited by Kyle Orosz. Photos by Nicole Franzen.

Tags: Tips & Techniques, DIY Food, How-To & Diy, Kitchen Confidence