How To Make Your Cast Iron Skillet Last For Years

How To Make Your Cast Iron Skillet Last For Years

How to Make Your Cast Iron Skillet Last for Years

Raise your hand if you love your cast iron skillet?! I do! While I love my cast iron skillet, I had to invest some time in learning how to take care of it. Most people have no idea what to do with their cast iron skillet, which is why these tips are going to rock your world. Using these tips will help your cast iron skillet last for years.

If you have a cast iron skillet, then you should know about seasoning it. How to season a cast iron skillet belongs in a whole other post, but it is so worth doing. This is one step in making sure your cast iron skillet lasts for years.

Lodge L8SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 10.25-inchLodge L8SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 10.25-inch


Keep the water away

I have learned overtime, that to care for a cast iron skillet it is best to not let water sit in it. Some say to heat up the skillet to ensure all the water is removed from it before storing.

No soap on cast iron

There is a rule that you shouldn’t use soap on cast iron skillets. Mostly because it can undo the hours of time you have put into seasoning your skillet. It’s not the worst thing you can do to a cast iron skillet, but you should avoid it if you can.

Purchase a good one from the start

There are a ton of cast iron skillets out on the market. You will want to find skillet that meets your standards. It is best to find a heavily used cast iron skillet as it has been seasoned and taken well care of. When taken care of the right way, cast iron skillets can last many years.

Some of our favorite Cast Iron suggestions are found on Amazon!


Lodge L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles, Pre-Seasoned, 5-Quart
Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet (12.5 inch) by Utopia Kitchen
Lodge L8SGP3 Cast Iron Square Grill Pan, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch
Lodge EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red


Realize a cast iron skillet is not a traditional pan

A cast iron skillet will last many years with good care, but also when you realize it doesn’t cook like a traditional pan. The way a cast iron skillet works is not like a pan made with Teflon.

Clean when you’re done using it

The last thing you probably want to do is clean your cast iron skillet each time you are done with it, however, this helps it last a long time. Take a few minutes each time to clean it when you are done and you will be able to keep that pan for years to come.

Some of our cleaning care recommendations.


Lodge SCRAPERPK Durable Pan Scrapers, Red and Black, 2-PackScrapersLodge SCRBRSH Scrub Brush, 10-InchScrub BrushKitchWhiz (6 in One + e Book)- Cast Iron Cleaner Large, Premium Stainless Steel Chainmail Scrubber With Bonus Iron Skillet Handle Holder + rubber gloves kitchen pair + Kitchen Towel + Drying HookCast Iron Kit
Camp Chef Cast Iron Cleaner 6 Ounces Cast Iron Cleaner 


Use the right kind of spatula

You can tear up your cast iron skillet by not using the right kind of spatula on it. Since you want to keep the seasoning on the cast iron skillet, you need to be picky about what spatula you decide to use.

While using a plastic spatula is fine, you don’t want to forget to get it off the pan. Just be careful of using metal as you can scratch the bottom of the cast iron skillet.

Schefs Premium Silicone and Stainless Steel Spatula SetSchefs Premium Silicone and Stainless Steel Spatula Set


Making your cast iron skillet last for years means that you should take care of this pan. Hopefully using some of these tips will help your skillet last a long time!

In Awe,




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