I just love my cast iron skillet! I got it for under $25 at the ever-reliable Walmart a few months back and have used it several times since. This is a 12-inch skillet by Lodge Logic of Tennessee. This company has been in business since 1896, so you can be assured they know what they’re doing.
There are a few things to remember about cast iron cookware so it will remain virtually non-stick. Teflon-coated pans emit harmful chemicals if not properly heated. Yup, there’s a price for that perfect fried egg you cook for breakfast in your teflon pan.
Here are a few TIPS for taking care of your cast iron skillets:
1. After use, clean your pan with a stiff brush over hot, running?water.DO NOT USE soap.
2. If food particles have stuck to the bottom, use salt to rub it off. Do nut rub too hard.
3. Towel dry your pan thoroughly after cleaning.
4. Apply a light coat of vegetable oil while the pan is still warm.
5. Keep in an open cupboard or anywhere air freely circulates. If the pan has a lid, separate the two in storage.
6. Do not cook dishes with acids like lemon juice, tomatoes or vinegar in your skillet. The acid wears off the layers that accumulate as part of seasoning the pan.
7. Do not wash in your dishwasher.
Seasoning: basically, this means treating your pan so it is tempered.
Although commercially available cast iron skillets are now usually pre-seasoned, there may be some need for you to re-season your pan in the future. If you need to clean your pan with soap, you will need to re-season it after cleaning.
After rinsing, drying and applying oil/grease or lard onto your pan, put it into a 350F oven for about 30 minutes. Take it out and wipe the surfaces dry to make sure there are no pools of fat forming in the pan. Put it back into your oven for another 30 minutes, turn off heat and leave overnight.
I read somewhere you can toss your oiled cookware into a lit fireplace. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this. Oil will burn in an open flame and that’s not a very good idea unless you have one of those huge fireplaces where you have room to hang some pots and pans.
Treat your cast iron cookware well and you can use it forever…if you make it to forever anyway.