25 Secrets Every Southern Cook Should Know

1. Take Care of Your Cast Iron

  • Clean your pan as soon as it’s cool enough to handle. Avoid soaking it in water, and don’t use soap unless absolutely necessary. 
  • Kosher salt is a great natural abrasive for cleaning cast iron. It’s softer than the iron but harder than most stuck on food particles.
  • Refresh the seasoning by brushing canola oil on the interior of the skillet, and then wipe every trace of oil off. (Only the thinnest layer of oil should remain.) Place in the oven upside down, and heat at 400 degrees for two hours, then turn the oven off, and let the skillet cool in the oven.

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