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The Morning After: Thanksgiving Cleanup Tips |

The Morning After: Thanksgiving Cleanup Tips

Despite many warnings against doing so, you can use soap to clean cast-iron pans, and you probably should.

“The soap thing drives me crazy,” said Mary Theisen, a vintage-cast-iron expert and proprietor of The Pan Handler, a site where enthusiasts can browse and buy antique cast iron cookware. “As long as it’s seasoned properly, you’re not going to wreck your pan if you use a little bit of soap. If I have a really dirty pan, I’d rather use the soap because I don’t want to have a pan with food particles sitting around.”


Additionally, a stiff plastic brush helps, but you should avoid abrasive cleaners. Afterward, dry your pan thoroughly, wipe it with a thin layer of oil, and cook with it again soon. Ms. Theisen offered this — and some other tips to care for and properly season cast iron — in our rundown of the best cast iron skillets.

If you own a wood cutting board, don’t soak it — the wood can swell and split. If you used it to cut up greasy, protein-y stuff, such as turkey, wash it in hot soapy water, rinse it thoroughly, and dry it on a dish rack, or anywhere it can get good air around it. If you’ve used it only to cut up vegetables, a wipe with a vinegar-water solution is really all it needs. After the guests are gone, don’t forget to periodically care for your cutting boards, and it’ll be there for you next Thanksgiving.

A version of this article appears at Wirecutter.com.

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