If you have a cast iron skillet that’s in good shape, you know just how wonderful of a kitchen tool they can be. They impart flavor like no other cookware can, they get HOT, they’re versatile: you can use them to fry up chicken, eggs, to bake a skillet cake, make a frittata… and they last pretty much forever. If you take good care of your cast iron cookware, you can pass it down to your children, who can pass it down to their children, and so on. So why not use one? What’s not to love?
Beats us. As far as we’re concerned, every cook should have a well-seasoned cast iron skillet in their arsenal. But not all cooks do. It might be that this kitchen workhorse is misunderstood and some home cooks are a little leery after hearing all the myths and tips surrounding cast iron care. “Don’t use soap! Never cook acidic foods! Don’t use metal utensils!”
That all can seem daunting. But in reality, cast iron skillet care is really simple. Follow a few simple rules to keep it dry and well-seasoned and you’ll have a culinary family heirloom to last through the ages. It’s easy-peasy, we promise.
Here are our 10 Commandments of Cast Iron Skillet Care: