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Why You Should Use A Potato To Clean Your Cast Iron Skillet
While a cast iron skillet can help you make restaurant-quality dishes, cleaning it can be a pain. Unlike other pots and pans, a cast iron skillet can’t be tossed in a dishwasher or scrubbed clean as these methods will strip the pan’s seasoning, so here’s an effortless way to clean your skillet using only three common ingredients.
Start by sprinkling a generous amount of salt into your skillet, depending on how dirty it is, then cut a potato in half, and use it face down to scrub away food particles. The salt acts as an abrasive, helping to dislodge any stuck-on food, and the potato is strong enough to withstand scrubbing.
Potatoes also contain oxalic acid, effectively breaking down rust. Once your cast iron skillet looks clean enough, re-season it by adding a very thin layer of oil on the skillet and popping it in a 400-degree Fahrenheit oven for about an hour.