Caring for Your Cast Iron Skillet

Sponsored by Lehman’s

I use my cast iron skillet almost every day of the year. That means I’ve made a regular habit out of cleaning my cast iron skillet.

I’ve written about the benefits of cast iron cookware before. Cast iron will outlast you and maybe your whole family if cared for correctly. Some people I know think of their cast iron skillets as heirlooms. While I got this one from one of my sponsors, Lehman’s (it’s still all shiny and new), I plan on making sure I take good care of this invaluable tool so I can pass it on to my children when they’re old enough to have their own kitchens.

I have a Lodge cast iron skillet here from Lehman’s. You can follow that link to purchase one of your own. I absolutely love mine! It’s just the right size for homemade biscuits. Once the biscuits are dumped out, you can use the same pan for the gravy. I also used mine recently to make this delicious Mexican venison and eggs skillet meal.

I want to give you just a little background about this skillet. It was specially made for the Lehman’s store. Lodge has had an ongoing relationship with Lehman’s for over 4 decades. This skillet was made in 2017 and instantly became a best-seller.

The Lodge factory started in 1896 in Tennessee, and, to this day, they are still growing. One of the perks of buying Lodge Cookware is that they have already seasoned their products with soy oil for you! You can get right to cooking!

Again, well-maintained cast iron cookware can last longer than your lifetime, so please show your handy dandy skillet some love and it will most definitely love you right back!

How to Clean Cast Iron

  1. Wash cast iron by hand with a NYLON BRISTLE SCRUB BRUSH. If needed, use the PAN SCRAPER for stuck on bits. For extra sticky situations, simmer a little water for a minute, then use the scraper after it has cooled.
  2. Immediately dry with a paper towel.
  3. Rub with a light layer of cooking oil or SEASONING SPRAY while the pan is still a little warm.
  4. Hang or store cookware in a dry place.

If you need a “seasoning touch-up,” use vegetable oil, canola oil, or lard. I like to use this seasoning spray I have from Lehman’s. You can buy anything you need to care for your cast iron at their online shop.

I want to give you a few more tips that might prove helpful in keeping your cast iron in perfect condition.

  1. Only cook acidic foods, such as tomato dishes and dishes with vinegars or lemon, after your cookware seasoning is well established.
  2. To keep your pans seasoned, cook high fatty items in them such as bacon.
  3. Don’t store pans with the lids on them.

My family collects very old cast iron pieces. You can create an heirloom of your own by passing down well-cared-for cast iron skillets. Happy Cooking!

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  1. Norman keys says:

    Just watched ur show for the first time and you had mentioned about caring for old cast iron pan that were rusted an could be brought back to life I’ve got my grandmas GRT GMA an grt grt gmas pans,an Dutch ovens a few from before the 1850’s and info on how to get some of the rust out and bring them back to life would be much appreciated thank you please help thank you ma’am

    1. Yes, Norman. You are reading my mind. I actually have a post ready to go that talks about that very thing. We have done many many of them. I wanted to wait to publish it until I had pictures, but you are inspiring me to get a move on it!

      1. Would love to receive that post

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