Cast Iron Pan questions?

I don't think a Cast Iron pan ought to be a rocket science... but I'm new to this. I used it for some meat and then I rinsed it with a tiny bit of detergent. think I got all the food off.

Then, it was cool, so I rubbed a layer of vegetable oil on the inside of the pan and heated it up till the oil began to really smoke. Then I let it cool.

I guess I let it cool for too long because I couldn't wipe up the excess oil. I heated it back up again and was able to wipe up some a bit of excess oil with a paper towel. but now the pan looks "clean" in some places and greasy in others.

Is this a problem?

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  • 6 months ago

    It will be fine. Going forward, don't heat the oil. Once you've seasoned the pan -- or if you bought one that is already seasoned -- you just need to wipe a tiny bit of oil on the inner surface once it is clean and dry. Also, hand dry your pan -- don't leave in a rack to drip/air dry as you can get rust.

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  • 6 months ago

    NEVER use soap to clean cast iron. The best thing is chain mail. Do not worry about how it looks now. It will even out.

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  • 6 months ago

    Don't overthink it. I don't bother oiling between uses. I use soap and a plastic scrubbie. It will build up a coating as time goes on. I think I have about five cast iron skillets and pots.

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