How to Clean And Season A Cast Iron Skillet

August 12, 2016

Cast iron pans and skillets are standard tools in a camper’s arsenal of cooking gear and over the years, there has been a great debate over the best way to clean and season these useful utensils. You want to make sure that your cast iron pan is sanitary but don’t want to miss out on the seasoning that these skillets can retain and add to future dishes. Country Living claims to have found the answer and luckily, all you need for cleaning are common household items you probably already have!

Cleaning at the campsite might be difficult but this approach can be adjusted if you would like a deep clean while cooking over a campfire. If you are in a RV, trailer, or cabin with access to an oven or if you are cleaning at home before or after a trip, you will find your oven useful in the cleaning process.

Simply preheat your oven to 400 degrees (or heat over an open flame). Sprinkle a generous amount of salt over the surface of the skillet. Cut a potato in half, ideally one that fits nicely in the palm of your hand. Place the potato on the skillet with the flat side down and begin to rub the potato over the salt in circular motions. Once the pan appears clean, rinse and pat dry. That’s all there is to it!

Seasoning is equally easy! Pour your cooking oil of choice into the pan and spread evenly with a paper towel. A thin, even layer will do the trick! Place into preheated oven for an hour and wipe away any excess oil that may be left. Now you are ready to throw in your spices and start cooking!

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We hope that you have an easier time cleaning your cast iron pans and cook up some fine campground dishes at one of our Highway West Vacations locations.

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