cleaning cast iron

Cleaning Cast Iron

My friend cooks the best homemade pizza from scratch using cast iron. She once pointed to her pan and told me, “cast iron is great because you never have to clean it.” She held up a pan that had been through the heating and reheating process far too many times.  It was covered with crusty garlic, oil and spices. Here’s an easy way to refresh your favorite cast iron pan.

  1. Heat up ⅓ cup of water in the pan.
  2. Scrub with ½ cup of coarse sea salt using a kitchen towel.
  3. Dry immediately with a clean kitchen towel.
  4. Using flax seed is a great way to season the newly cleaned pan. Not only is it nutritious, it’s great for your heart. Grind it up and toss it on!

Quick Tip: If you’re ever in need of an egg when baking, consider using flax seed as a substitute. Combine 1 part flax seed with 3 parts water  and then mix until it resembles a frothy egg.