How to Clean Griswold Cast Iron

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Griswold is a brand name of antique cast iron cookware. Cleaning cast iron is different from cleaning aluminum, stainless steel and other common materials used in cookware. Cast iron is rarely soaked in soapy water, for example, as this leads to rusting. Some owners of cast iron rarely use soap at all to clean this kind of cookware, unless grease and other grime have accumulated heavily. The makers of Griswold have specific suggestions on how to best clean Griswold cast iron.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Plastic bag
  • Oven cleaner
  • Steel wool scrubbing pads
  • Dish detergent
  • Cooking oil
  • Put on rubber gloves and safety glasses, to protect yourself from the products (namely the oven cleaner) you will use.

  • Take the cast iron piece outdoors for best ventilation and spray it with oven cleaner, covering it entirely and place it in a plastic bag. This is the cleaning method recommended by griswoldcookware.com for heavily soiled iron.

  • Seal the bag and place it on a table indoors. Give the oven cleaner time to work. Griswoldcookware.com suggests waiting at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

  • Put your rubber gloves and glasses back on again. Remove the cast iron from the bag.

  • Scrub the cast iron with a steel wool scrubbing pad, using warm water and dish detergent. Dry it completely with a towel and then oil the pan with cooking oil to re-season it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If rust, rather than cooked on grease or other soil is the problem, griswoldcookware.com recommends soaking the piece in a plastic tub filled with 1-pint cider vinegar and 3 gallons of water. Remove the cast iron after ten minutes, rinse it and then check to see if the rust is gone. If not, immerse it again for another ten minutes. When the rust has gone, use a scrubbing pad to wash the iron with dish detergent and water. Follow with drying and oiling the cast iron.

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