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Michael Symon's Top Tip For Cleaning A Cast Iron Pan
There are several ways to effectively clean cast iron skillets, but chef Michael Symon prefers a much simpler method requiring one basic kitchen staple. First, use a dry paper towel to wipe up as much leftover food debris as possible, then place your pan on the stove, and heat it on high.
As the skillet warms up, cover the bottom of the pan with a generous amount of kosher salt, and let the salt heat up — this will activate its antimicrobial properties and help absorb excess fat molecules. For the next part, make sure you’re wearing an oven mitt or holding a thick towel.
When the salted pan is hot, use a clean, old towel to thoroughly rub the salt around, and after a while, you will notice the salt turning a slightly darker color as it absorbs the icky substances. Keep scrubbing until the surface is completely clean, then turn off the heat, and discard the salt.