How to clean Cast Iron Pots and Pans – Part 1

Washing by Hand

1. Fill your pot or pan ⅓ of the way with hot water.

Hot water is effective at removing stuck on food and stains. You shouldn’t put non-stick, cast iron, or aluminum pots and pans in a dish washer.

Putting your pots and pans in the dishwasher may scratch and damage them.

2. Put two drops of mild dish soap in the water. 

Mix the soap and water together until the dish soap starts to sud. You can use dish soap on most materials like copper, stainless steel, aluminum, and non-stick pots and pans. Avoid washing cast iron with soap or it may affect the taste of your food

3. Scrub the inside and outside of the pot or pan with a sponge. 

Let hot water and soap sit in the pot or pan for five minutes. Concentrate on spots that have stuck-on food or areas that are particularly dirty.

Do not use abrasive sponges or steel wool to clean non-stick or stainless steel pots because you can scratch them.

4. Rinse the pot or pan with hot water. 

Hold the pot or pan under the faucet until you rinse away all the remaining soap suds. If you don’t rinse your pots or pans thoroughly, your food may taste like soap

5. Dry the pot and pan. 

Rub the inside and outside of the pot or pan with a rag until it’s completely dry. You can also dry the pot or pan on a drying rack.

Cleaning Copper Pots and Pans

1. Place the pot or pan in the sink and cover it in table salt. 

Pour enough salt on the inside and outside of the pot or pan so that there is a thin layer that covers the entire surface of the copper kitchenware. Table salt will act as an abrasive and will help you scrub problem areas on your pots and pans.

2 .Pour white wine vinegar over the salt. 

Pour enough vinegar over the salt to wet down the pot or pan. Don’t pour too much or you’ll rinse away the salt. The acidity in the vinegar will start to break down the tarnished areas in the copper.

3. Let the vinegar and salt sit on the pot or pan for 30 seconds. 

As the solution sits on the pot or pan, you should see tarnish and stains start to fade away. If you don’t have white wine vinegar, you can use fresh lemon juice as an alternative

4. Scrub the pot or pan with a sponge soaked in white vinegar. 

Pour enough white vinegar onto a sponge to fully saturate it. Take the sponge and scrub back and forth on the inside and outside of the pot, concentrating on especially dirty spots. As you do this, dirty and tarnished areas should start to become shiny.

Sprinkle more salt on problem areas.

5. Rinse the pot or pan with hot water. 

Spray down the pot or pan under the faucet until there are no more traces of vinegar or salt on your copper kitchenware.

6. Dry the pot or pan with a rag. 

Rub over the inside and outside of the pan, making sure to pick up all the remaining moisture from the cookware.

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