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Best Technique for Cleaning Cast Iron

westes | Jun 5, 202109:29 PM     25

Once you have a good seasoning on a cast iron pan - which is not so trivial to do well - what is the best way to get it clean between seasonings? I have been using salt and oil as a light abrasive and that works well. But sometimes you end up with a sticky oily mess at the bottom of a dutch oven that just does not come off easily. I end up having to burn that off, followed by scraping off the burned food, which is about as much hassle as a round of seasoning.

I know some people use soap and water, but I have resisted doing this because it can degrade the seasoning. Assuming you had a sticky layer of food and oil at the bottom of a cast iron pot, how would you go about getting it clean, without degrading the seasoning?

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