Why does my cast iron skillet have ridges?
The deep ridges on the bottom of this heavy cast-iron skillet make it perfect for grilling steaks, chicken, hamburgers or even shrimp. The ridges help to sear the food while keeping it above the pan grease for lower fat cooking.
How do you clean a cast iron grill plate?
Add a small amount of gentle dish soap and hot water to your cast iron pan. Using your sponge or scrubber, scrub the pan in light, circular motions to remove debris. Rinse with hot water when done, and be sure to remove all soap residue.
How do you remove rough spots from cast iron?
If your skillet has stubborn stuck-on food or is a little rusty, the best fix we’ve found is to scrub it with kosher salt. Start by rubbing the pan with fine steel wool (we normally don’t use steel wool on cast iron, but it’s necessary when you’re dealing with serious grime).
Can you use steel wool on cast iron?
Use a fine grade steel wool pad and scrub the pan surface, inside and out, to remove rust and debris. Use hot water and mild soap if needed. Once you have cleaned all the residue off the cast iron, wash and dry your skillet as noted. Once you have restored your cast iron skillet, you must immediately re-season the pan.
How do you clean rusty cast iron grill grates?
To remove rust, soak the cast iron cookware in a 50/50 vinegar solution. Find a container big enough to fully submerge your pan in a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Vinegar will dissolve rust, but you don’t want it to eat away too much of the pan, so it’s better to use a diluted solution.
What kind of oil do you use on cast iron?
All cooking oils and fats can be used for seasoning cast iron, but based on availability, affordability, effectiveness, and having a high smoke point, Lodge recommends vegetable oil, melted shortening, or canola oil, like our Seasoning Spray.
How do I get the black residue off my cast iron skillet?
One of the simplest ways to remove the residue is by using salt. Yes, that’s right, salt. Take an oily paper towel (it’s best to use the same type of oil you season the pan with) and use it to rub salt over the bottom of the pan.
How often do you season cast iron pans?
In my experience, it’s reasonable to reseason a cast iron skillet once to 2-3 times per year. If you cook fattier foods in your skillet and avoid cleaning it with soapy water, the seasoning could last for years.
How do you clean crud off a cast iron skillet?
Sprinkle an even layer of salt on the inside of the pan. Add just enough water to make a paste and rub the salt on the inside surface of the cast-iron pan to scour off carbon. Rinse the pan and scrub any remaining carbon off with a wire scrub brush. Wash the pan with soapy water and dry thoroughly with paper towels.
How do you make cast iron grates look new?
Rub the grates with vinegar and allow them to sit for a few minutes to an hour. The vinegar will dissolve the rust, making scrubbing more effective. You may need to repeat this process a few times. You can also use a paste made of baking soda and water.