Hi there, folks! I hope Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods. We’ve nearly sprung on summer down here in the South. 80+ temps in March! Yow!

Speaking of heat, the other night I was cooking up a storm on my FiveStar using my favorite cast iron cookware, and it dawned on me that I owe it to my loyal blog readers to share a quick and easy way to clean up a dirty (read: loved) cast iron cooking utensil. Whether it’s your grandma’s well-worn cast iron skillet or a brand new cast iron Reversible Griddle/Grill, it all deserves to be nice and clean. And boy have I got a secret weapon to make that chore simple!

Started with a dirty (loved) skillet:

Add the secret weapon:

Coarse salt! Pour in just enough to cover the surface of the cookware.

Then heat the skillet with the salt over medium heat for just a couple minutes until warm.

Turn the heat down to simmer but keep the burner on. Then using a clean dry paper towel or cloth, rub the salt gently around the surface of the cast iron in a circular motion.

The salt absorbs the grease without interfering with the material’s season (sometimes called its “cure”).

Your paper towel might look something like this:


Once clean, turn off the burner completely, and discard the dirty salt and paper towel. Let the griddle cool completely and rinse with warm water to remove any traces of salt. Dry completely with a clean rag or paper towel. Apply a thin coat of oil (or fat of your choice), and it’s ready to use (love) all over again.

So there you go. A quick way to clean up a well-loved member of your meal preparation arsenal. You may never look at your cast iron cookware the same way again.

Do you have any quick and dirty tips for cleaning cookware or your range? Please share! After all, sharing is caring!

One Response

  1. Judy w on 09 Feb 2013

    I can not get my “locking” device to lock the oven door. My oven needs cleaning bad….. Any suggestions? Can you use an oven cleaner (East Off, etc.)? Need your help. Thanks