scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Cleaning Cast Iron
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Tue Apr 11 1972 - 07:33:39 CST
I do hope someone here is old enough -- or knows someone old enough -- to
answer a question about Cast Iron. (g)
We all know about seasoning it and not to put it in the dishwasher and
not to use steel wool on it. The sticker in the skillet I looked at
yesterday said to use a nylon scrubbie.
On the way out of the mall, I spent waaaay too much time sitting at the
traffic light, so it occurred to me to wonder about that scrubbie.
Nylon was invented about World War II. Cast Iron was invented sometime
about Ramses I. Steel wool was invented mid-1800s (and my grandmother
and great-grandmother and all the great-aunts used steel wool on their
So what did people use before nylon or steel wool to clean their cast iron?
I frittered away an hour or so on-line, but I never trust my skill with
search engines and on-line catalogues (I always found what I wanted when
in a library using a real card catalog).
(Think of it as American Heritage.)