Does using chain mail really work to clean cast iron skillets?

I recently saw an article about using chain mail scrubbers to clean cast iron skillets. Does it actually work? We use a brush, that gets gross pretty quickly. I would love to find a better solution! Thanks!

  • Posted by: Rachel
  • July 11, 2016
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9 Comments

scruz July 12, 2016
only if you hold your computer really close. nah, too risky. go with salt.
 
Susan W. July 11, 2016
I have the same brush as Trena. I use it exclusively on my Wok and cast iron. It's fabulous.
 
702551 July 11, 2016
Yes, this used to be a commonplace practice.

Here's the Google image search for "pan scrubber antique":

https://www.google.com/search?q=pan+scrubber+antique&biw=1296&bih=669&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiC3t_V0-zNAhUO72MKHU5gDu8QsAQIGw

I use the coarse salt technique myself.
 
Nancy July 11, 2016
What a question?!
Of course it works, if you put the knight wearing the chain mail to work on the skillets ;)
(sorry - is this too flippant? - couldn't resist)
 
Susan W. July 11, 2016
Lol. That was perfect.
 
Niknud July 12, 2016
Hahaha! I had the same picture in my head - a knight in his tunic and clunky boots scrubbing pots and pans.
 
Trena H. July 11, 2016
I find that the chain mail gets hot as I'm washing the skillet. However, it is helpful for cleaning cooked on food. I have a very sturdy brush with a handle, a cooks illustrated pick, that works very well for most jobs. The brush I use cleans up easily. Here's a link to amazon with the brush I use.
https://www.amazon.com/Caldrea-8-08E-11-Dishwashing-Brush/dp/B000RMU6UU/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1468278200&sr=8-1&keywords=caldrea+brush
 
AntoniaJames July 11, 2016
Coarse salt works like a charm and does not harm the seasoning. ;o)
 
Rachel July 11, 2016
I've done that too!
 
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