This article was shared by Mom's Pantry friend Julie Miklas, who owned a retail outlet for cast iron cookware. We appreciate her sharing her expertise with us.
BURNED FOOD IN YOUR CAST IRON?
If you burn something in your cast iron, there are a couple ways to remove that burned-on food. First, fill the cast iron with water and place on your heat source to boil. Using a plastic spatula, gently scrape your cast iron to remove the burned-on food.
If that doesn't work, turn your cast iron upside down on a propane burner and "cook" the cast iron over medium-low heat until the food has been burned off. Use caution with this method so you don't completely strip the seasoning while removing the burned on food.
Be careful not to splash boiling water on yourself while scraping your cast iron this way! Allow the piece of cast iron (and water) to cool until you can hold it with oven mitts and dump the water. You should be able to finish cleaning your cast iron with hot water and a gentle scrubbie. Be sure to let it dry completely and put a fresh coating of olive oil on it before putting it away.