Why Should You Clean Cast Iron Pans with Powerizer Complete
With all the new technology in cookware along with new gadgets making their way to the kitchen, consumers are looking to simplify cooking. However, sometimes easier doesn't necessarily mean better quality or better results. Cast iron pans have become an heirloom to cherish and protect. When mastered, the best hotcakes, crispiest bacon, and juiciest steaks are just flat out better when cooked on a cast iron pan. It's no wonder they are gaining popularity among foodies. However, the biggest concern is how to clean these pans properly. Powerizer Complete removes the worst baked-on messes you can concoct if you're still learning how to use them. It's incredible how easily it removes baked-on foods with little to no effort.
Let's look at four (4) essential topics in cooking with cast iron most overlook. First, it's essential to understand what oil you choose to cook with makes a difference. The smoke point chart helps identify the best oil to use. Second, the process of seasoning your pan affects how well the surface of the pan is prepared to prevent food from sticking to the pan, thus making your clean up easier. The Third topic is how to clean after each use properly. The Final topic is how to care for the cast iron pan to prevent rust. Let's quickly address each topic with more in-depth instructions on How to clean your pan using Powerizer Complete.
Selecting an oil to cook with is a big deal.
Cooking with cast iron requires some oil to protect the surface and create a barrier between it and the food, so it doesn't stick along with creating a great flavor. However, we mentioned the Smoke Point of any oil is essential to consider when it relates to the residues and chemical reactions created from oils reaching their smoke point when cooking. Cooking with the wrong oil can change the flavor of your food and release free radicals that are harmful to the body. For that reason, once you have identified what you intend to cook in your pan, reference the smoke point chart and choose the best oil so that you obtain the best results and flavor.
Properly season your cast iron pan.
We mentioned the process of baking oil into your pan to create a barrier is necessary for protecting the pan from rust as well as providing a smooth surface so that your food does not stick during cooking. Not seasoning your pan correctly, using the wrong oil or allowing residues to build-up can cause a sticky residue, foods won't cook well if the pan has never been seasoned. Ultimately, your cooking experience with cast iron pans becomes a not so pleasant, burnt-on, baked-on, a caked-on mess which can deter you from ever wanting to use it again. Check out this blog on how to properly season your cast iron pan. After research, one expert recommends Flax Seed Oil as the best drying oil for seasoning a cast iron pan.
We all know cast iron pans can create some of the most difficult burnt-on messes, making them hard to clean. However, it's the process of seasoning the pan that makes a difference in how well it continues to cook your food. Mild detergent shouldn't strip the oils from the seasoning of the pan. Next, let's talk about why Powerizer if perfect for cleaning your cast iron pan next.
Clean your cast iron pan with Powerizer Complete.
First, let's address the recommendation of never cleaning your pan with soap. The folks I know who use cast iron pans regularly wash them with a mild soap. For the most part, after wiping the pan clean and removing as much of the food residues from the surface, you can now use a mild detergent like Powerizer. Here is how:
- While the pan is still warm, sprinkle one (1) tablespoon (1/2 a scoop) of Powerizer Complete in the granular form onto the surface of the pan. Next, add just enough water to wet the entire interior surface of the pan allowing water to move freely. This measurement looks similar to just enough melted grease in your pan to fry an egg. Let the solution sit. Be sure the pan has cooled enough before you begin to safely scrub the pan using a stiff brush. Powerizer and the heat will break down the proteins, starches, and baked on greases, so it lifts off the pan quickly.
For hardened baked-on grease and sticky residues, a complete soak may be necessary. In this instance, add one (1) scoop of Powerizer Complete to the sink with approximately one (1) gallon of water or just enough water to submerge the entire pan underwater. Let the pan soak for as long as six (6) to eight (8) hours. Scrub and rinse away residues.
- Another option is to strip the pan using no chemicals by removing food residues and placing the pan back on the center rack faced down. Turn the oven on to "Self-Clean." This process takes much longer; however, bakes off the residues, and meanwhile, oils reach their smoke point and burn off. Be sure to ventilate the room during the process. After the Self Clean has finished allow the pan to cool, then follow the proper steps to wash with Powerizer, rinse and then season the pan again as if you were doing it for the first time.
Properly care for you cast iron pans after each use.
After cleaning the pan with Powerizer be sure to rinse the detergent, dry the pan thoroughly before you begin to oil the pan:
- First, apply a thin coat of oil to the entire surface after each use.
- Next, wipe the pan with a paper towel to spread the oil evenly and remove any excess.
- Then place the pan face down on the center rack of the oven to prevent oils from settling in the crease of the pan.
- Bake the oil back into the pan at a temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit to warm the oil for at least (1) hour.
- For the last step, which is to store the pan properly, let it cool before touching it. Place a sheet of paper towel or cardboard between the upper and lower surface of the pan, especially if your stacking pans before placing them back on the shelf. It prevents rust from forming by eliminating moisture from other pans. It also prevents scratching of the surface from the metals touching each other.
Powerizer has supercharged hydrogen peroxide and natural enzymes which fight to break down proteins and starches.
The ingredients in Powerizer are so effective at breaking down the food you should never have a reason to use a metal brillo pad, which can scratch the surface and remove the protective finish you work so hard to apply during the process of seasoning. However only during the
restoration process to remove rust from a pan should a metal brillo pad be used. In everyday cleaning, you should never really need to use a metal brillo pad to clean your cast iron pans. Instead, let Powerizer Complete do all the work.