Originally Posted by Katie H
In all the time I've been cooking with cast iron, I've never had it transfer flavors to other dishes. Never even thought this might happen.
I have been cooking with cast iron since the 70s... the two things that I have learned is that 1. A well seasoned CI pot or skillet does not harbor flavors and 2. I always use soap to clean. Be reminded that it is the level of seasoning over time that matters.
Lodge sells a brush and a bit of dish soap And that brush....CLEAN! When I oil after cleaning, I look for black residue coming off the surface. If I start to see a lot, than I will clean more agessively.
As to soap, once the oil on the CI has polymerized from heating, it not longer can be broken down with dish soap. cleasener, yes, soap no.
My 5QT DO is easily 25 years old and is my go to pot. BUT... I also get to clean it as wife says it's too heavy. Smart girl!