How Do You Remove Burnt Food From Cast Iron Skillets?

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For many cooks, cast-iron cookware ranks among their favorite cooking tools. Over time and with regular use, cast iron only becomes more valuable as the seasoning layer builds on the inside surface of the cookware. Maintain your cast iron cookware to keep it in good condition, and remove burnt food from cast-iron skillets carefully to ensure the seasoning layer stays intact. Rinse the cast-iron skillet with hot water immediately after you finish using it. While you rinse the skillet, use a wet dishcloth to remove as much food debris as possible from the inside of the skillet. Sprinkle coarse salt liberally over the inside of the skillet if stubborn food remains. Use a plastic scrubber or brush to scrub the salt into the food. Do not press so hard on the scrubber or brush that you wear away the seasoning layer on the inside of the skillet. Rinse the skillet in hot water to assess your cleaning progress. Repeat the salt scrub if food remains. Add 2 or 3 drops of dish-washing detergent ... more
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