How To Clean And Cook With Cast Iron Pans

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Have you sometimes wondered how to clean and cook with cast iron pans? Here’s the deal, cast iron pans are so versatile and last a lifetime if you learn how to take care of them. It’s easy, I promise. Some cast iron pans come “seasoned” which means they have a layer of oil applied and it’s baked in, typically. You just wash them with a small amount of hot soapy water and spray a  little vegetable on them after patting them dry before storing them. I usually place my cast iron pans on the stove and “cook” them for a few minutes to ensure they are totally dry after spraying a very light layer of vegetable oil on the full surface.

I was asked by Pleasant Hill Grain to do a review on some cast iron pans made by Skeppshult, a family owned company from Sweden that has been in business since 1906. As you know, I will never do a review on a product I wouldn’t use and recommend. The more you use your cast iron pans the more “seasoned” they become. They will stick less and the food tastes awesome when cooked in cast iron pans! I cook everything over a medium heat but these work great on high as well. Who doesn’t love waffles and eggs?

You can use the recipe I have below or use your own pancake/waffle recipe. I highly recommend both of these cast iron pans. The egg frying pan makes the eggs the perfect size for your English muffins!!! Let’s get started. I did a video for you below because I love these pans so much!

How To Clean Cast Irons Pans:

I like to buy my cast iron pans already seasoned, but no worry if yours need to be seasoned when you get them home and before using them. You can buy special cast iron pan oil or just use vegetable spray and heat the pan. You will need to re-season the pans as needed depending on what you cook in them. The more you use your cast iron pans they become seasoned and all you have to do is add hot water after cooking and carefully wipe them dry. When in doubt spray some vegetable oil or wipe with butter. I store mine with paper towels to absorb any extra oil that may drip.

You can also use a cast iron scrub brush or scraper if the food is too hard to remove. They cannot go in the dishwasher. You can also use a paste of Kosher salt and water and scrub until clean. I use a little soap with very hot water when needed, then pat the water off, heat the pan and re-season it with a little vegetable oil or cast iron pan oil.

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How To Cook On Cast Iron Pans:

I like to preheat my pans on medium heat after I spray them with a little vegetable oil or butter if I’m cooking eggs like in the Skeppshult Egg Frying Pan I have shown. These are the best eggs ever! The Skeppshult Heart Waffle Maker is really handy to use.  I sprayed the waffle maker each time off the stove before I added another 1/2 cup of batter. The waffles are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The perfect waffle in my eyes!! Or my mouth, I should say!

Cast Iron Pans:

Cast Iron Pans Egg Frying Pan

Skeppshult Cast Iron Egg Frying Pan

This Skeppshult Cast Iron Egg Frying Pan is made in Sweden using virgin iron ore. The thing I love about this pan is that you can cook perfectly round eggs or pancakes on a stove or over an open fire. The one I am doing a review on has the optional beech wood handle. The one with the cast iron handle can be used in your oven safely. The handle stays cool to the touch which makes it nice when turning the eggs or pancakes over with a small spatula. The rounds are 3.75 inches in diameter. This is perfect for English muffin breakfast sandwiches.

I sprayed a little vegetable oil in each circle and a smidge of butter and the eggs were so easy to turn over. You will love this pan!

These pans are made without any harmful chemicals and require very little maintenance. The cast iron pans are PFOA-free, PTFE-free, and cadmium-free. They are made to withstand years of heavy use, metal utensils and high heat. They come pre-seasoned with organic rapeseed oil.

Here is the link to purchase this egg frying pan: Sheppshult Cast Iron Egg Frying Pan

Cast Iron Pans:

Waffle Heart Cast iron Pans

Skeppshult Cast Iron Original Heart Waffle Maker

This Skeppshult Cast Iron Original Heart Waffle Maker is made in Sweden using virgin iron ore. I love, love, love the heart shape waffle maker!! It makes the waffles crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It’s 8.25 inches in diameter, the perfect size for a waffle!!

The very first thing I did was preheat my Skeppshult waffle maker on one side with the lid closed. Then I flipped it over and heated the other side. I had the waffle recipe below ready to go when the waffle maker was ready. Once the pan was hot I poured a 1/2 cup of the batter in the center of the heart. I closed the lid and let it cook for 60 seconds or so. Then I used a silicone glove to help me lift the waffle maker and flipped it to the other side to cook the other side one minute. I kept flipping it until it was golden brown. Oh my gosh, they are so yummy!

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If you keep your waffle cast iron pan well seasoned it becomes a nonstick surface. I did have to spray vegetable oil each time until I made about 12 waffles. Each time the waffles became easier to remove.

These pans are made without any harmful chemicals and require very little maintenance. The cast iron pans are PFOA-free, PTFE-free, and cadmium-free. They are made to withstand years of heavy use, metal utensils and high heat. They come pre-seasoned with organic rapeseed oil.

Here is the link to purchase this heart waffle maker: Skeppshult Cast Iron Heart Waffle Maker

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Homemade Yeast Waffles/Pancakes

Homemade Yeast Waffles/Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This recipe makes 8 Belgian waffles or 16 regular waffles.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon SAF Instant Yeast
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour I use bread flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Instructions:
  2. Combine yeast and water. Combine the melted butter with milk, salt, and sugar. Now add the yeast mixture to butter and milk combination.
  3. Add the flour to this mixture until the dough looks a little bumpy and no flour is visible. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place on the counter overnight. The dough will rise.
  4. The next morning, beat the eggs together and add the batter along with the baking soda until it's completely mixed together.
  5. Spray the waffle maker with vegetable oil before heating and measure 1/2 cup of batter in the middle and shut the lid. Keep flipping the cast iron pan until the waffle is cooked on both sides. If yours is an electric waffle maker, follow the manufacturer's directions.

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. You will love cooking with cast iron pans, I promise! May God bless you and your family.

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2 thoughts on “How To Clean And Cook With Cast Iron Pans

  • July 6, 2018 at 7:43 am
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    I’m so glad to read your no-nonsense advice on cast iron. I cringe when I hear (or read) how you should NEVER let soap touch your cast iron; some even say no water. They make it sound like a superstition, like washing your skillet will “take away the magic”. I rarely have to use any soap because I’m careful how I cook in it, but there have been a few “incidents”. I use lard to season mine; that’s what my daddy did. If he were still alive he would be 118 years old & I’m still cooking in his skillet! Love that waffle maker; hear that, Santa? I said I love that waffle maker! I better just buy one, I haven’t been that good. Luv ya!

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    • July 7, 2018 at 9:14 am
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      Hi Linda, oh I love your comment!! I bet my mom used lard in her cast iron pans. I hadn’t thought about it but I can still picture the rectangle package of lard sitting in the frig. I rarely use soap in my cast iron pans either, but there are times I have to use it. It’s simple we just we season it. I have been known to boil water in mine to get the stuff off. Life is good, we do what works for us! Love you girlfriend, Linda

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