I love our cast iron skillet. In theory, this is a piece of cookware that lasts a lifetime.
However, we are guilty (my husband more than myself) of washing it with soap AND soaking it in water, two cardinal sins of cast iron care. I don't think Mr A can deal with the paradigm shift involved in "unwashing".
After 5 years, the time has come to give my cast iron some much needed TLC. There are so many ways to do it and most of them will work. This is what I did.
STEP 1: SCRUB PAN
stainless steel sponge. Here is a perfect time to use soap! I also used some baking soda because ours had seriously caked on goo.
STEP 2: COAT PAN WITH OIL
STEP 3: BAKE
And that's it! Its going to smell kind of funky, but it shouldn't smoke. If it's smoking, that means there is too much oil. Just drain out the excess and throw it back in there.
My skillet feels so loved now. Just like a loved husband, he now makes tastier food, is nicer to look at, and isn't holding onto everything just to spite me!