Once your cast iron skillet is clean and well seasoned, it is time to take a few extra tips for care. First, never store your skillet when wet. A wet skillet will rust. When storing your cast iron, use a paper or cloth towel to protect the skillet if you plan to stack other pots and pans on top of it. This will also help pull away any leftover moisture.
Next, only use gentle items on your skillet. For example, choose wood, rubber, or silicone utensils. Avoid metal or other items that will scrape the skillet, removing layers of seasoning.
Finally, never store food in any cast iron skillet, pot, or pan. Instead, always remove food and clean the cast iron immediately while still warm.
With the right care, your cast iron will last for decades to come. A well-seasoned skillet will become your new best friend in the kitchen.