August 14, 2022

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How do you clean a cast iron skillet and remove rust?

If you are an avid cook and often use a cast iron skillet, you need to know how to clean a cast iron skillet and remove rust. Cast iron retains heat better than other metals, providing a crispy, seared texture and better browning. Over time, however, cast iron becomes more difficult to clean – what was once easily washed off won’t shift with just a sponge.

Before you know it, your pan will be covered in burnt residue. We’ve put together a guide to cleaning a cast iron skillet so you can get it looking like new again. If you have an enamel cast iron skillet skip to the end of the page as the cleaning instructions are different. This is because the enamel can be damaged by some of the recommended sanding methods for cleaning exposed cast iron.