Cooking is a lot of fun, right? It’s been one of our saving graces this year, as far as passing the time is concerned. If there is one item that is a must-have in any kitchen, it’s a good cast iron skillet. They have a certain level of versatility that cannot be matched. That said, there are a number of common beliefs about these skillets that are simply untrue.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common misconceptions when it comes to these skillets, shall we?

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1. They Can’t Be Washed With Soap

There are some who will tell you that these skillets cannot be cleaned with soap because it will remove all of the seasoning that has built up. However, this is a false notion. There’s no reason to avoid soapy water. The most important thing is that the skillet is cleaned and dried as quickly as possible.

2. Acidic Foods Are a No-No

“Cast iron skillets are great, but you can’t cook any acidic foods in them,” people say. These people are totally wrong and here’s why: The acidity won’t eat away at the cast iron at all. The seasoning layer keeps it protected.

3. It Has Non-Stick Properties

There are plenty of cast iron skillets that do not stick, but that does not mean that they are made from Teflon. For best results, preheat the pan before you start cooking to prevent any sticking.

4. Metal Utensils Cannot Be Used On These Skillets

Supposedly, metal utensils are supposed to be avoided when using cast iron because they can ruin it. In reality, the only way to damage your cast iron skillet is by using an excessive amount of force with the metal utensils. Take your time when you are cooking and everything should be okay. Don’t worry, the seasoning is going to be fine, too.

5. The Cast Iron Heats Evenly

Because it can be heated to very high temperatures, the cast iron skillet is held in the highest regard. The pans do not heat evenly, though, so please bear that in mind. Preheat the pan for at least a few minutes before you get started cooking for best results.

6. These Pans Can Be Left To Drip Dry

Do not allow these pans to drip dry under any circumstances. A pan that is allowed to stay wet is a pan that is going to start to rust. Pat the pan dry with a paper towel immediately after washing and you’ll be able to use it for years to come!