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Aug 25, 2007 02:05 PM

Cast Iron Grill Pan

Okay, just bought myself a 11" round cast iron grill pan. I've been using it very successfully. I bought a toothbrush-size brass bristle brush to clean any stuck on areas. Here's my question: It has always bothered me to season and wash my pan with NO SOAP! I always feel as though it's not clean. And if you wipe it out with a bit of oil and put it back on the's like leaving a pan that's not clean! How do I enjoy this wonderful grill pan without thinking I haven't cleaned it thoroughly? It sometimes skeeves me out to think I didn't use soap!

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  1. After it is thoroughly seasoned I always clean with detergent and hot water. Rinse well and heat over a burner until thoroughly dry. No problems. This comes up a lot. There are many in the salt and paper towel camp but I wash thoroughly. Every 10 years or so I run them through the self cleaning cycle of my oven and start over. Not a biggie, they clean up and reseason beautifully.

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    1. re: Candy

      Yes, I concur with Candy, however, I have never put them through the oven cleaning cycle. And, as you can see, we're still here. OK - maybe you can't see that.

      1. re: Gio

        Glad I saw this as I was just going to post something similar. I bought a lodge logic cast iron skillet & have enjoyed using it but have had same concerns as OP. I was just thinking may be I should get an enameled cast iron skillet. Cost is not an issue so, is cleaning any easier? As long as we are on the subject, is the cooking any better?

    2. Yes we have had cast iron pans for the last 50 years, they are beautifully seasoned and we always wash with soap and water then dry and wipe a light coating of oil in pan. I believe the no soap crowd is just another example of one blind yuppie following another.