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Cast Iron Skillet & Pan Recipes, Blackberry Cobbler and Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin. Clean & Season Cast Iron Skillet.

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Skillet Being Seasoned In My Oven

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Cleaning and Seasoning the Cast Iron Skillet or Pan

First we will go into how to clean your skillet so it will be ready to cook great meals again. They are not hard to maintain. Everyone who owns a cast iron skillet needs to know how to season or cure your cast iron skillet or pan. Clean the skillet well first with soap and water, dry completely. This is my advice on how I season my cast iron skillets.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Place vegetable oil or shortening in skillet and apply with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Place foil in the center bottom rack of the oven.

Place skillet upside down in middle rack of the oven, foil will be underneath it.

Bake for 1 hour and turn off the oven and let the skillet stay in the oven until cool.

I'm a southern lady and my mother, grandma and all my aunts cleaned their cast iron this way, each time after cooking clean lightly with mild soap and water. Skillets need to be cleaned with soap and water or the oil will become rancid and sticky. Larder bugs love grease so if you leave it with the grease in it and never wash you may end up with larder beetles.

.When I was a teen my job was to clean the kitchen. I had to put the cast iron skillet on a burner to dry after cleaning it. If you're forgetful like I am please use a timer to remind you the burner is on. Mother never dried her skillets with just a towel. She is 93 and still has her old skillets.

Never place in dishwasher. Make sure your skillet is not wet when you put it away. The skillet will rust.

If skillet gets sticky then it needs to be re-seasoned.

Mother makes her cornbread in the cast iron on top of the stove. I need to get the recipe from her.

Cooking with cast iron will also add iron to your diet. It has to be better than adding Teflon.

Some people clean their cast iron in different ways. There is the salt way, scrub your cast iron with salt and rinse. I never tried this, but I guess it works well also.

Dry on stove.

Dry on stove.

Corn Bread

Corn Bread

Two old cast iron skillets found at yard sale.

Two old cast iron skillets found at yard sale.

Brands of Cast Iron Skillets

Types of cast iron pans are Griswold, Lodge, Wagner and John Wright. Emeril makes a pre-seasoned cast iron. Paula Dean also has cast iron.

Griswold is no longer made but can be found in yard sales, this brand is what most of mine are. We happen to see some Griswolds at a yard sale yesterday. They were $45.00 for a very small one. I don't know if it's a normal price in a yard sale for a Griswold. You can find some cast iron skillets cheaper in yard sales.

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When we would find old cast iron skillets at rummage or yard sales a family member of ours would put them in his wood burner for us and burn all the grime off of them. They might stay in the burner for days. You could also do this in a fireplace or burn pit outside. This is the best way to do it. I don't like using oven cleaner on them and don't think it's a good idea. Rust is mostly what's needed to be removed and oven cleaner is not for this, not to mention how toxic it is.

The two small skillets I found in a yard sale. They were so cute and small enough to make one egg. They needed cleaning and looked like they had never been cleaned. I did not want someone else's grease. We are working on getting the rust and old grease off of them.

I found the last skillet at a yard sale. It's by Tomlinson. I thought it was neat kind of a different shape.It even came with a handle cover.

If you would like the recipe for cornbread it's on my Great Northern Bean and Ham Soup And Corn Bread Recipes hub.

Found at Yard Sale

Found at Yard Sale

A Little About Lodge Cast Iron.

I have been told Lodge is American made and I know they have them at Wal-Mart, Target and Fleet Farm has a good selection. They are pre-seasoned.

Lodge cast iron is made in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Take a tour during the Cornbread Festival. I think this would be fun. I like taking tours of factories and companies.

I love taking tours I remember years ago touring Betty Crocker kitchens in MN.

This lady uses a different temp then I do but gives you the idea.

Blackberries In Our Yard

Blackberries In Our Yard

Blackberry Cobbler In Cast Iron Skillet

This is my recipe and I have made it when having guest over and they love it. View the photos of cobbler below. We have beautiful wild blackberry plants in our meadow, but this for some reason they flowered so pretty, but no berries, and no apples on the apple trees. The wild raspberries went crazy with so many berries. I don't know what cause the apples and blackberries not to get fruit.


  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cups blackberries, picked over, rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold, cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

In a large bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, and blackberries; combine gently. Transfer to a cast iron skillet, about 8-inches in diameter.


In a bowl, combine the flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Blend in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/4 cup boiling water and stir the mixture until it just forms a dough.

Bring the blackberry mixture to a boil, stirring. Drop spoonfuls of the dough carefully onto the boiling mixture, add the skillet to a baking sheet lined in foil transfer your skillet and baking sheet to the middle of a preheated 400° oven for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is golden. Serve warm.

This is very good with ice cream or whipped cream. The picture below is with whipped cream. You can see how I make whipped cream on my hub called Fudge Float Chocolate Cake With Whipped Cream, Recipes.

Blackberry Cobbler In Cast Iron Skillet

How To Make

How To Make

Blackberry Cobbler In Cast Iron Skillet

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 sprigs fresh thyme or tbsp. of crushed thyme

4 slices bacon

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 small fennel bulbs cut into eighths

8 dried apricots cut in half

Heat oven to 400° F.

Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Top the pork with the thyme and wrap it with the bacon. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and fennel. Season with the remaining salt and pepper. Cook the pork for 2 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to oven and roast for 25 to 30 minutes. Add the apricots to the skillet 15 minutes after the roast is in the oven. Let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the pork and serve with the fennel and apricots.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Rate the two recipes for your cast iron

Cooking in Cast Iron

Cleaning an old rusty cast iron skillet

This guy really works to clean his skillet but it comes out very nice.

Cleaning cast iron skillet

Lodge Foundry


moonlake (author) from America on July 08, 2014:

Au fait..Thank you for stopping by. I'm so behind on my comments. I appreciate the pin. Things are better, but hubby is still very weak from treatment.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 26, 2014:

Instructions for seasoning and caring for a cast iron skillet AND two great recipes! A very informative article as well as yummy recipes. I've pinned it to my 'Fabulous Desserts' board with the picture of the blackberry cobbler.

Really hope things are much better at your house now. Blessing to you and your family.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

GwennyOh, How interesting you told me something I didn't know but I could see how it could turn your teeth dark. My parents had lots of iron in the water where they lived and I visited for a little while and it turned my finger nails black. At least we think it was iron. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the pin.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

DreamerMeg, You mix the

•2 tablespoons Cornstarch

•1/4 cup cold water

•1 1/2 cups sugar

•1 tablespoon lemon juice

•4 cups blackberries, picked over, rinsed & drained

in a bowl when you have it all mixed transfer it from the bowl into your cast iron skillet. Once in the skillet bring to a boil. Placing the dough on top then place skillet in oven to finish cooking.

Hope this helps. Thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thanks so much for stopping by glad you liked the hub. Thank you for the vote and sharing.

GwennyOh on July 16, 2013:

Article was so interesting I pinned it.


GwennyOh on July 16, 2013:

I used only a cast iron skillet for about 4 years. There came a time I couldn't figure out why my teeth were turning progressively darker shades of grey. Research told me that it was iron content in my food.

Alas, in my case the frying pan had to go. I have little enamel left on my teeth as a result of a lot of dental work I had done when younger. So that with the iron (is likely what) created dark grey teeth.

Years later that excess iron is gone and my teeth are white again. I have never dared use an iron pan since. I sure don't like frying - especially breakfast, in anything else!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on July 16, 2013:

Great hub, very interesting. With your blackberry cobbler, do you mean you transfer the skillet to the oven to finish the cooking? Getting near to blackberry time now. I LOVE blackberries, anyway they come.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 15, 2013:

We do our frying and some cooking in cast an iron skillet. Thanks for showing how to season a cast iron skillet. Interesting recipes as well.

Voted up, interesting and sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on April 21, 2013:

vespawoolf, How nice of you to do that. I love my cast iron skillet also. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 21, 2013:

I love my cast iron skillet, so I was happy to see your Hub! I recommend them to my friends here in Peru and teach them how to season and use them. They aren't known here, so it's nice to be able to share such a durable piece of cookware that promotes healthy living, too. This is a very useful Hub as many don't know how to take care of a cast iron skillet. Thank you!

moonlake (author) from America on April 03, 2013:

Peggy W, Thank you for the vote, sharing and stars. To bad you no longer have the iron skillets. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2013:

I gave your recipe a 5 star rating. Sounds good! When my mother sold her home and we sold ours and moved into this one which we shared until her death a few years ago, we had to get rid of many things. We both parted with our cast iron skillets. Wish now that I had kept at least one of them. Oh well! Our homes both sold so fast (hers in 1 day and ours in 3 weeks) that we had to make decisions quickly.

Good hub about how to season cast iron skillets and also good recipes. Up votes + sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on May 14, 2012:

alexadry, I would think it would be good if you are anemic. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreicate it.

Adrienne Farricelli on May 14, 2012:

I love my iron skillet! I also read somewhere it is good for you if you are anemic? not sure if it is true, but I guess particles of iron leave the skillet and end up in the food which should be good for you.

moonlake (author) from America on March 29, 2012:

Levertis Steele, So glad to hear you had a nice camping trip. Sounded great. Thanks so much for stopping again and leaving a comment.

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on March 29, 2012:

Moonlake, thanks for the tip on placing my skillet legs between the wires of the oven rack. I will try it.

We took the grandchildren camping a couple of weeks ago and had a fine outing, fishing included. We cooked on an open fire and enjoyed it so much. My son used a long-handled skillet on large rocks. That gives me an idea for that skillet with legs! The kids are looking forward to another trip in April.

moonlake (author) from America on March 05, 2012:

Fiddleman, Thanks so much for stopping by. What a nice gift your grandfather gave you. I can sure see why one would survive a fire. When we're long gone cast iron will still be around.

Blackberry cobbler is a good recipe with a big scoop if ice cream.

Fiddleman on March 05, 2012:

A great hub and I dare say not too many young brides today know how to season a cast iron pan. My grandfather gave us one as a wedding present now almost 40 years ago. It survived a house fire 22 years ago. How I love blackberry pie! Thanks for this great recipe, my mouth is watering and I am now craving a good blackberry cobbler.

moonlake (author) from America on March 05, 2012:

2besure, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, it's nice that the new ones are pre-seasoned.

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on March 05, 2012:

These pans are great for cooking baking and just about anything. My Mom used them I use them. I am so glad not you can buy them at Target and Wal-Mart already seasoned. Sames a little time!

moonlake (author) from America on February 19, 2012:

I didn't know that about Lodge. I hate it when things come from China.

So glad you stopped by and left comment. I appreciate it.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on February 19, 2012:

Lodge is the only producer of cast iron cookware that actually manufactures their products in the USA. For that reason, I will only buy from Lodge, not from any of the others.

I consider both Emeril and Paul Deen to be unpatriotic Americans because they sell cheap imports made by cheap labor from China while they (Emeril and Dean) rake in more profits.

That said (and as I step down from my soap box), I enjoy my Lodge cast iron cookware, particularly the smaller skillet in which I bake cornbread. I learned a long, long time ago how to season cast iron cookware. Thanks for sharing this lesson with HP readers.

moonlake (author) from America on February 19, 2012:

Levertis Steele,

Do your ever use your pot with legs in the oven, the legs would have to go between the wires but what the heck, I bet it's great to cook in. An old iron wash pot I've never seen one. I know lots of instructions say no soap but I just don't want the oil on it to get rancid.

Thanks, so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on February 19, 2012:

This talk of seasoning and curing takes me way back to the days of no fast or quick anything. Everything was freshly raised or taken fresh off the land, except salt and pepper. It all required a lot of hard work, but the harvests were plentiful.

I placed about a tablespoon of oil on a towel and wiped a new cast iron all over, then, I placed it on a low burner on the stove top and let it heat for about an hour. I think I like your method better. In the oven the heat will be even. The instructions on my new cast iron Dutch oven says "no soap." How am I supposed to wash that thing without soap and hot water? I think I will season it your way and wash it with soap as needed. It is a Lodge and I love to deep fry and cook soups in it.

I have this deep cast iron skilet that belonged to my grandparents. It has legs and is old. What am I to do with a skillet with legs? It looks silly standing over an eye on a stove. I also have an old iron wash pot that belonged to Mom. It is outside, rusty and I suppose I will put flowers in it. Mom kept beautiful cacti in it for years. I can't handle the thorns.

Loved this hub! Voted up, useful, interesting.

moonlake (author) from America on February 19, 2012:

YogaKat, Thanks for stopping by. Your welcome.

YogaKat from Oahu Hawaii on February 19, 2012:

Yay . . . know I know what to do about my sticky iron skillet :) Thanks for recipes - stove top cooking is much easier.

moonlake (author) from America on October 18, 2011:


Thank you, for stopping by my hub and leaving a comment. I'm like you I have to wash.

moonlake (author) from America on October 18, 2011:


Thank you, for stopping by and visiting my hub.

Mary Craig from New York on October 18, 2011:

I appreciate your advice on washing the cast iron skillets. Often we were taught not to wash them but I could never do that. I was doing it right and didn't even know it! Thanks for the hub.

Shaun75 from Edison on October 17, 2011:

I didn't know why people like 'Seasoning a Cast Iron Skillet and Recipes' but after reading your hub, now i know.

moonlake (author) from America on July 19, 2011:

Good buy. We look for them when we to yard sales.

Thanks PegCole 17 for stopping by my hub.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2011:

I picked up a Griswold skillet at a resale store and it was so encrusted that it took a long time to SOS it all off then season it. But since then, it has been my favorite pan. Love the flavor it imparts to the food!

moonlake (author) from America on March 03, 2009:

Your welcome thanks so much for stopping by.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 28, 2009:

Time to purchase a new cast iron skillet and season it properly. Thanks very much for this Hub. Skillets Up!

moonlake (author) from America on February 28, 2009:

duxrluvly thanks for stopping by and for comment.

duxrluvly from Fort Stewart, GA on February 27, 2009:

I LOVE using my cast iron skillet. I seasoned mine the same way you instructed. Great Hub!

moonlake (author) from America on January 23, 2009:

Mike Kage thanks for posting. Glad my hub was some help.

moonlake (author) from America on January 23, 2009:

newsworthy thanks for posting. The new iron skillets are great but always nice to have an old family favorite.

Mike Kage from New Hampshire, New England, USA, North America on January 23, 2009:

I never knew why 'seasoning' was important, but I do now. Love my skillet.

newsworthy on January 22, 2009:

Iron skillets are must hav's down south. My sister recently bought a new one that was pre-seasoned. We thought that was so cool.

moonlake (author) from America on October 02, 2008:

We often buy cast iron at rummage sales many times their rusty and I just scrub all the rust off and then season them.

Thanks for stopping by...

julia ward from Florida on October 01, 2008:

Where were you yesterday when I was trying to fry chicken? My cast iron dutch oven got rusty in our move last year. I was taught to never use soapy water on my seasoned cast iron. I still have a cast iron skillet my mother got from her mother (and an ironing board made in 1939). I'd just die if anything happened to either of them.



julia ward - a BLINDING heart = a writer's blog -

moonlake (author) from America on September 22, 2008:

Thank you.

allshookup from The South, United States on September 22, 2008:

Good to know. My husband thought I was crazy. I catch him washing mine as he feels like you do. And then I have to reseason it. But it works out. It's clean and it don't stick lol. Thanks for the answer. Great hub!

moonlake (author) from America on September 22, 2008:

Yes I know lots of people don't think they should be washed. I don't think my grandmother washed hers. I do mine but not heavy washing just a fast wash with a little dash of soap. I worry about them becoming rancid.

Thanks for posting.

allshookup from The South, United States on September 22, 2008:

I have a question for any of you about iron skillets. Mine are already seasoned. We did it outside on an open fire. I'm glad to find out this way, too. I shoulda called you before I did mine. Anyway, I'd like to know how you clean your skillets. My greatgrandmother always said to never wash them once they are seasoned because it could make some things stick. She always kept 2 skillets for cornbread and biscuits only. Nothing else was allowed to be cooked in those 2. She cooked the bread then took it out of the oven and immeditately flipped it over into a dish and wiped the hot skillet with a milkcloth, then she'd put it up until the next use. She never washed it. It was always clean, just never washed with detergent. They were spotless and smooth. And nothing ever stuck in those 2 skillets. Have any of you ever heard of this?

moonlake (author) from America on September 22, 2008:

Your welcome thanks for posting.

Jerie Clowes from New York, NY on September 22, 2008:

Thank you so much for this posting. I have two cast iron skillets and I am going to go season them now.

moonlake (author) from America on September 16, 2008:

Thanks ADB for posting hope you enjoy the recipe.

ADB from Canada on September 15, 2008:

I have had cast iron for years and never knew you were supposed to season them. I will have to do that tomorrow. And I can't wait to try out the recipe. Looks really yummy.

moonlake (author) from America on August 30, 2008:

I'll have to try that. We like corn bread in our cast iron. My Mom makes her corn bread on top of the stove in a cast iron skillet.

John Juneau from Sierra Nevadas on August 29, 2008:

It is kind of a shame that most people have moved away from using cast iron these days. I seasnoned mine in a similar manner the first time, but I find that using a spray like Pam after I have washed it keeps it working well. After drying (on the burner as above), I apply a light spray and then spread it evenly with a paper towel. My wife uses lighter weight, often non-stick pans. I go for the cast iron. I never let it sit long when I am done. I find it best to clean it as soon as it is cool enough to handle.

moonlake (author) from America on August 29, 2008:

It was called Easy Off.

moonlake (author) from America on August 28, 2008:

With this oven it's easy to keep clean just turn it on and walk away. I remember the days of Oven Off and how I almost killed myself spraying that stuff. Thanks for leaving comment.

ajcor from NSW. Australia on August 28, 2008:

the inside of your oven makes me feel incredibly ashamed!

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