Tending to Cast Iron The Right Way


(Modern Survival.org) – When Cleaning Your Cast Iron, What Should You Not Use?

  • Heat
  • Cold
  • Soap
  • Water

Answer: Soap. Here’s why…

Cast iron cookware is popular among survivalists, campers, and preppers — with good reason. For one, it is incredibly durable when cared for and can last for decades, if not centuries. Cast iron also heats evenly, providing a more balanced cooking surface. (Don’t forget cast iron is heavy, too, making it a viable self-defense tool in a pinch.)

Cast iron is generally easy to maintain; however, there is one specific product that shouldn’t be used on it: soap.

Soap has the potential to remove the seasoning from the cast iron, which can leave it more susceptible to rust and make food stick to the surface. After taking the time to season a pan, the last thing anyone wants is to have to reseason it.

In recent years, there have been a number of sources that claim small amounts of soap are fine when cleaning cast iron cookware. However, since soap isn’t necessary to clean these pots and pans, why risk it? Simply simmer some water in it for about five minutes, then wipe it clean. Be sure to wipe the pan dry, though, since water residue can lead to rust.

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