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Keeping your cast iron pan seasoned is the key to easy cleaning!

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Here's a quick rundown:

  1. Wash while still warm: Run some warm water in your pan and use a soft sponge or brush to loosen any food particles. A small amount of mild dish soap is okay, but avoid harsh detergents.

  2. Tackle tough messes: For stuck-on food, add a little water to the pan and bring it to a simmer. The hot water will loosen the residue, making it easier to scrub off. You can also use a pan scraper or a dedicated cast iron scrubber (like a chainmail scrubber) for tougher bits.

  3. Dry thoroughly: This is very important to prevent rust. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the pan completely. You can even put it on a burner on low heat for a few minutes to get any remaining moisture out.

  4. Re-season (if needed): Cast iron relies on a thin layer of oil for its non-stick properties. If your pan looks dry or food sticks easily, rub a very light coat of cooking oil on the inside while it's still warm. Wipe off any excess with a paper towel.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Avoid soaking your cast iron pan.
  • Never put your cast iron pan in the dishwasher.
  • Don't use harsh steel wool or scouring pads, as they can damage the seasoning.

By following these simple steps, you can keep your cast iron pan looking great and cooking delicious food for years to come

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