I don't have a lot of cast iron experience and I'm afraid I may not be getting my one cast iron skillet clean!
My mother-in-law never had this problem, but she used detergent on hers...
when I clean my cast iron skillet, and wipe it out with a paper towel afterwards, there's always black stuff on the the paper towel.
The way I am cleaning the cast iron is to boil some water in it (to get the crud off) and then I use a wire brush to scrub the mo-fo. Sure seems like it would get the skillet clean, right?
Is the black stuff normal, or am I not getting it clean? Am I doing something wrong? I admit I don't usually clean it right away... if I make steak or whatever in it, it's generally a few hours afterward that I clean it... or possibly the next day (hanging head in shame... OK, so housekeeping is not my strong suit...).
Any advice for me?
Am I the only gadget minimalist?
Well... I am not exactly a MINIMALIST. I have a nice KitchenAid stand mixer, and a blender...
However, I have drawn a line in the sand and refuse to buy a food processor, a bunch of pots and pans that have only one purpose (eyeing my tart pan and considering freecycle), an ice cream maker, and numerous other things which take up a lot of space and cost a lot of money.
I don't think there's anything wrong with owning those things... but it seems that almost anything that can be done in, for instance, a food processor can be done with something I already have (even if it's a manual process, like pounding cookies into cookie crumbs).
If it takes me more time or work to make things because of the lack of gadgets, that's all the better - I cook because I love it, so spending less time on it is not always my priority. :)
Am I the only one?
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