The cast iron skillet

Great tools are rare—and get better with time and use. 
There’s a lot of contradictory advice out there on how to clean a cast iron skillet — and a few myths to be busted. Here’s what you need to know.
Whenever you clean your cast iron pan, we recommend starting with the gentlest, least-invasive methods. Start by wiping grease out with a clean paper towel. If you can scrape out any stuck-on food bits with a metal spatula, and the skillet is otherwise mess-free, stop right there! Use water to dissolve residue, and soap if you have to, but the less you interfere with the pan, the better. A dry pan is an unhappy pan, and surface oils aren’t necessarily a bad thing.