How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

6 responses

  1. ECT
    July 28, 2012

    I have tried the daily oven cleaner (used for cold ovens) on the exterior of my cast iron, and it works, however it takes several applications and a heavy scraper if build-up is severe. Do not use the scraper on the interior/cooking surfaces. I have not tried placing it in a sealable plastic bag. The idea does make sense.


  2. Peter
    June 23, 2014

    The question involved buildup on the outside, but the answer deals mostly with buildup on the inside. Inside buildup is an easy problem compared to the thick coating of burned-on grease (not food) that occurs around the outside bottom rims of iron cookware. I have tried all but the oven cleaner method (that one does not seem seem safe enough to be a better idea than buying a new skillet).


  3. Maria
    July 19, 2014

    I have seen my mom use the oven cleaning setting on the stove to clean her pots. They come out very clean. It seems the extreme heat burns away the built up greases and grime.


  4. Dottie
    October 29, 2014

    My mom used to put the skillets in a hot fire to burn off the grease build up, but you do have to reseason after they have been cleaned.


  5. Larry
    April 27, 2015

    Will placing a skillet on a hot fire cook grime off the outside of the skillet?


  6. Lisa
    February 8, 2016

    Very disappointing answer – as Peter pointed out, the question was about the OUTSIDE of a pan, and the answer was about the INSIDE of the pan.
    I haven’t found a clear answer to this question yet – although the careful use of oven-cleaner seems the best suggestion so far.
    But I do know that cleaning pieces by burning them in a fire is NOT recommended; it reportedly can ruin them by turning the metal flaky and an irreversible, reddish color, and making it impossible to properly season them again.


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