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4 tips to make your skillet or Dutch oven last

With just a bit of special care, the skillet or Dutch oven you’ve invested in will last for years.
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January 22, 2018 09:10 AM

Your cast-iron pans will retain their seasoning and remain easy-to-clean for years with just a little extra attention. Here’s how:

  1. Don’t delay. The best time to clean a cast-iron pan is while it’s still warm.
  2. Wipe it out with a paper towel. If there’s food left in the pan, wipe it out with a paper towel before you wash it. A bit of salt or even dirt poured into the pan makes an effective natural abrasive for attacking any grease or stubborn crust.
  3. Don’t use soap. Wash your pan with just hot water and a cloth or plastic scrubber. Soap can erode the seasoning on the pan.
  4. Dry thoroughly. Once the pan is clean, put it over heat until it’s fully dry. Wipe it out with a paper towel doused with vegetable oil and put it away for next time.

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