The $5 Tool That Makes Cleaning Cast Iron Actually Easy
I came to cast iron reluctantly, as a sacrifice for the planet and my health on par with my decision to use mediocre laundry detergent and pasty sunscreen. I was too crunchy for nonstick, so I bought a heavy pan that I couldn’t wash, like the environmental martyr I aspired to be.
Simply scrape away food with this magic piece of plastic, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought caring for cast iron was hard.
There are other tools that work, but none that are so effortless to clean and put away. This brush will do the job, but it looks gross after just one use. Chain scrubbers also work, but then you have to clean chainmail, which just transfers the mess to another difficult-to-clean surface. The scraper takes mere seconds to wash clean.
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At my house, the process is pretty simple. I cook, scrape, wipe clean, oil, and dry with heat. And honestly, when I’m tired I skip the oiling.
The only drawback of this plastic scraper is finding the temperature sweet spot. If the pan is too hot when you scrape, the tool will melt (trust me). There’s a wide range of warm temps the scraper can endure, though, and if you’re feeling cautious it works fine on a cold pan with a little extra elbow grease.
This article originally published on The Kitchn. See it there: The $5 Tool That Makes Cleaning Cast Iron Actually Easy