How to Clean Your Carbon Steel Cookware

To clean your carbon steel pan after cooking, follow these steps. 

  1. The first thing to do after cooking with carbon steel is to wipe off any excess food. Using a paper towel, soft-bristle brush, or sponge, gently wipe off all excess food. Most of the food should come off easily, because a seasoned carbon steel pan has an effective non-stick surface. 
  2. Once the pan has cooled down, use warm water (do not use dish soap) and gently scrub the surface of the pan with a towel, soft-bristle brush, or sponge. Use a dish towel or paper towel to dry. 
  3. If there is still excess stuck-on food on the pan, add water to the pan and bring it to a boil on a burner. This should release any stuck on food. Once the pan has cooled, repeat the cleaning process described in Step 2. 
  4. Finally, put the pan back on the stove to finish drying. Every once in a while you can add a light layer of vegetable oil to preserve the seasoning. 

*Note: do not put your carbon steel pan in the dishwasher. 

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