Here are a couple of very convenient accessories for your cast iron skillets.
Lodge Polycarbonate Pan Scraper
See Lodge SCRAPERPK Pan Scrapers at Amazon.
A great accessory is the Lodge Polycarbonate Pan Scraper from Amazon. This little tool lets you clean your cast iron cookware well without using soap or compromising the sought after non-stick seasoning.
The polycarbonate material is strong and hard enough to allow all the food remnants to be scraped away yet the scraper will not scratch up your cast iron.
The scrapers at Amazon come in a pack of 2 and can be used for all your cast iron cookware. One of the key features is that each of the corners on the scraper is shaped differently, letting you clean every nook and cranny of your cookware.
People seem to like them, too…as you can see in the reviews.
Silicone Handle Covers
See the Lodge Silicone Hot Handle Holder at Amazon.
If you have made to this website, I’m sure you have experienced a blazin’ hot cast iron handle after a cooking session.
One of the reasons we love cast iron is it’s property of heat retention but it’s also the reason the darn handles stay so hot. Well, the good folks at Lodge know all about this issue.
They now carry Silicone Hot Handle Holders at Amazon.They protect your hands or whatever else you might touch the skillet handle with up to 450°F which take care of most situations.
One key thing to keep in mind is this is a one-size-fits all kind of product and in my opinion Lodge should have, maybe, offered a couple other sizes.
So, for this product we recommend that it is used for skillets that are 10″ or larger. The smaller skillets, like a 6.5″, have much shorter handles and this makes the silicone covers move around. Please keep this in mind and this trade off makes this handle cover favorable over a cloth cover.
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Scrub Brush by Lodge
See the Lodge Scrub Brush at Amazon.
This is a simple and straightforward product. It’s a stiff bristled brush with a wooden handle.
The bristles are stiff enough to loosen most soft bits of food BUT will not scratch the seasoning of your cast iron.
I like to use the brush after using the plastic scraper. That’s a key thing to note…
Why? Well, if you read any of the reviews at Amazon, you’ll see that some people don’t like this brush. They say it is kinda flimsy, and a few people say it breaks under normal use.
See the OXO Good Grips Household Scrub Brush at Amazon.
So if you have an especially dirty skillet, griddle, or dutch oven, then you ought to scrap it well before using this brush.
Here is a more durable alternative…OXO Household Scrub Brush (Amazon).
There is no wooden handle to break like the Lodge brush. The body of the entire brush is much more compact. So, if you need to, then you can really put your weight into scrubbing.
The thing is if use your small, plastic scraper then you shouldn’t have to scrub too hard with a brush.
For more information about how to maintain cast iron, see our articles about caring for cast iron, the smart way and how to restore cast iron.