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First Cast Iron Skillet? You’re Gonna Want This, Too.

5 useful accessories to get the most out of your black iron pan

As much as we love debating whether you can wash raw a cast iron skillet with soap (you totally can!), our appreciation for that heavy hunk of metal goes beyond maintenance-talk. And sure, caring for cast iron is intimidating, but cooking with it doesn’t have to be — especially when you’ve got the stuff to get the job done right. 

Dish Towels Best Cast Iron Skillet Accessories

All-Purpose Dish Towels, Because Safety

FYI: Cast-iron handles get very hot. If you’re able, I suggest you skip the one-trick silicone handle holder and do as chefs do and grab a stack of dish towels. They’re infinitely versatile, and a mainstay in restaurant kitchens. In addition to wiping, drying, and looking cool slung over your shoulder, a few folds lets you handle all the hot things like a seasoned pro.

Liliane Collection Kitchen Dish Towels, $19/pack of 13 at Amazon
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Cast Iron Skillet Accessories Tongs

A Pair of Safe-for-Cast-Iron Tongs

Silicone-tipped to play nice with your skillet, of course. With these tongs, there’s no worrying about scratching the seasoning you’ve been so careful (or not so careful) to build up. Flip and sauté to your heart’s content! 

Oxo Good Grips Tongs with silicone heads$14 at Amazon
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Cookbook Cast Iron Skillet Accessories

Some Down-to-Earth Cooking Inspo

On his last camping trip, your correspondent used this cookbook more times than he’d like to admit. Cast iron and the great outdoors go hand in hand, and this book offers useful advice for eating well in the woods with plenty of recipe ideas that you can fire up on a cast-iron skillet, even if you’re just camping out on the couch.

Feast by Firelight by Emma Frisch, $15 at Amazon
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Trivet Cast Iron Skillet Accessories

A Hot Trivet for Fancy-Shmancy Serving

Serving food straight from a cast-iron skillet is always a good move. Setting down a heat-resistant trivet first? An even better one. We recommend this expandable silicone trivet because it won’t pick up scorch marks like cloth or wood, it’s nice enough to use at a dinner party, and it’s easier to stash away than a flat pad (although they work just as great).

Joseph Joseph Stretch Expandable Silicone Trivet, $15 at Amazon
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Pan Scraper Cast Iron Skillet Accessories

A Pan Scraper for Easier Cleaning

No matter how great your kitchen sponge is, it can only do so much. For removing super stubborn burnt-on bits (hello, peppered rib-eye steak!), you’re better off with these hard-plastic scrapers from the cast-iron experts at Lodge.

Lodge Pan Scrapers, $3/set of two at Amazon
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