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Here's an important kitchen cleaning tip for those who are thinking of purchasing a waffle iron. The cast iron on a waffle iron needs to be seasoned to make it non-stick. Coat it liberally with oil or lard and bake it in a slow oven. Never ever clean it again with anything resembling soap. Even the soap you would use for washing dishes. Wipe it clean after each use, after it is seasoned nothing should stick. When you make waffles you will add amounts of oil to the recipe which will keep your irons seasoned. Meanwhile, scrape off the mess as best you can without using soap or cleansers. Using salt as a cleanser should help remove any waffle residue without removing the seasoning on the finish.
I just bought a waffle iron and I have been having an awful time cleaning it. Thanks for the tip, it is really useful.
this tip comes in handy also for cast iron skillets
I HAVE A GRIDDLE, THREE SKILLETS,WAFFLE IRON,LARGE POT, WHICH ALL ARE CAST IRON, AND HAVE HAD THEM FOR YEARS AND NEVER, NEVER HAVE USED ANY FORM OF SOAP ON THEM. IF ANY THING STICKS TO THEM I CLEAN THEM WITH A METAL SCOURING PAD THEN I RESIEZE THEM AGAIN. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH MAJOR STICKING. I AM PARTIAL TO CAST IRON FOR COOKING. USING TEFLON COATED PANS ARE OK BUT MOST IF THEM ARE FLIMSY AND WARP.