Tips on How to Use Skillet

Tips on How to Use Skillet

Whether you inherited a skillet from your grandma, or maybe you bought a brand new one from the store; either way, cast iron skillet can last you a lifetime if treated right. Skillets are versatile and are easy to maintain as long as you keep them well-seasoned and rust free.  Let’s take a look at some tips on how best to use a skillet.

Don’t use it right away, season it first

You should give your newly purchased skillet a little bit of care by giving it a coating of a quick seasoning prior to start using it. Try to build up a nice little base. Pulling the skillet out of the box, rinse it off and heat it. Then oil it all around including handle and blot out gently to make sure no area is with too much oil. Allow to cool to room temperature, and then repeat.

Use mild dish soap to clean

Ensure to use any mild dish soap when cleaning the skillet, do not use bleach and never ever put a cast iron skillet in the dishwasher.

Oil dry pans

You should think of seasoning the skillet as part kitchen cleanup. Use a teaspoonful or less of any cooking oil such as flaxseed oil to season a 10 to 12 inch skillet.

Be wary of flaking

By heating an oiled skillet to a very high temperature may form flakes. The surface of the skillet forms a flake layer that water and sticking can’t penetrate. Whenever you’re cooking with a skillet and observed a black layer of flakes, it’s not metal but a layer of polymerized fat.

Avoid anything too abrasive for cleaning

For day to day after-use cleaning of your skillet make use of a soft scrubbing brush. If there is any need for a hard scrubbing, you can use a palm scrubber. The use of metal utensils is also allowed in case you need to scrape off dirt from your pan. 

Get rid of gunk or debris

In order to remove stuck debris from your skillet, allow your pan to heat, heat it to high temperature and pour some water in it. Cook off the debris until the water has evaporated, then you can use a wooden or metal utensil to scrape the debris. In lieu of water, you can as well scrub the pan with coarse sea salt, and then rinse it well with water.

Store them properly

Whenever you want to store your skillet ensure it is completely dry and load it with paper towels. You never can tell if the pan above or below is wet. And when you are seasoning your skillet, allow it to cool to room temperature and make sure all the oil is absorb before storing it.

Don't start cooking with a cold skillet

Whenever you want to cook, always ensure that your pan is hot or warm before pour or add anything to it. Never put something on a cold pan before heating it up, this is to prevent your food from sticking to the skillet.

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