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How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet Easily

I have always had a love hate relationship with my cast iron skillet. I love the way food tasted when cooked in cast iron but dread the cleaning process (I actually dread cleaning all dishes). In the past I have always used the boiling hot water and brush trick to try to get the skillet clean but some of my precious seasoning has been removed from scrubbed to hard over the years.

Last week I cooked some delicious pork chop in my  cast iron skillet and due to forgetting to buy a new scrub brush I was forced to do some experimenting. Long story short a few months ago I had attended a Norwex Party at a friends house. I fell in love with their cleaning cloths and products so much that I signed up to be a independent sales consultant for them. It’s been really fun and I have earned lots of free products over the last few months and one of them being a dish cloth. Now when I saw this “dish cloth” for the first time I was thinking in my head how does this really work it has holes in it! I washed it and put it under the sink to figure it out some other time.

Well in desperation the other night I pulled that dish cloth out and cleaned my cast iron skillet with it. I have never cleaned my skillet so quickly and easily in all theses years. Score! Now I’m no cast iron skillet expert and I really need to re season my skillet but I just wanted to share what worked for me. If you are interested in where to purchase a dish cloth or want to learn more about Norwex please check out my personal website https://mindypfankuchzaragoza.norwex.biz/.

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Directions to Clean Cast Iron Skillet: 

  • Boil water
  • Pour boiling water into cast iron skillet (make sure it’s on a safe hot safe surface)
  • Let hot water sit until it’s cooled off (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Then take a Norwex Dish cloth and clean skillet
  • Rinse, dry and re oil skillet
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Disclaimer: I am not a cast iron expert these ideas are what worked for me. I receive a small commission from Norwex for sales made through my website.

 

Gluten Free Cooking

Huckleberry Balsamic Honey Pork Chops

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Today I want to share a huckleberry pork chop recipe. But first a little about huckleberries.

In Northwest Montana August and September brings Huckleberry season. The locals go crazy for Huckleberries and most pick to fill their freezers full for the winter.  Tourist are thrilled to try the delicious berries and buy anything huckleberry flavored. If you have never had a huckleberry they are similar to a blueberry but are not in the same family. Huckleberries can be different colors from purple red to a dark purple berries. The purple red berries tent to be tart and the dark purple are very sweet. My family enjoys picking huckleberries and the dogs even like them too!

Huckleberry Balsamic Honey Pork Chops

Ingredients: 

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/2 cup huckleberries
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 sprigs fresh Thyme
  • 1/4 white wine
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp arrow root powder with 2 tsp water (for a thicker reduction)

Directions: 

  1. Drizzle olive oil in pan and let warm. Season pork chops with salt, pepper and garlic powder and add to warm pan.
  2. Pan fry the pork chops approximately 5-6 minutes per side (this will depend on thickness of the cut). The pork chops need to reach an internal temperature of 150 to 160 degrees. Once cooked cover with tin foil and keep in a warm oven.
  3. Using the same pan add huckleberries, balsamic vinegar, wine, fresh thyme taken off the stems, ginger and honey. Simmer to reduce the volume to about half. Squeeze a half a lemon over reduction and add butter. Once butter melts add arrow root slurry to reduction if you like a thicker reduction.
  4. Spoon your sauce over your warm pork chops and serve immediately.

 

I love this for a quick recipe but feel like it’s something I’d find in a 5 star restaurant. Even better it’s gluten free.  My husband doesn’t like sweet with his meat but the kids and I love this recipe. Pair a fresh garden salad with this and you have a healthy option for dinner.

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About the messy diy mom….

My very first post….am I nervous, well yes. Why did I decide to start blogging? Oh yes that’s right I want to help other mommies out there like me!

I live in beautiful Kalispell, Montana, nestled in the Northwestern part of the state. Glacier Nation Park is in our back yard, only 30 minutes away! Contrary to some peoples beliefs we do actually have running water, electricity and do not ride horses everywhere. I’m a daughter, mother and wife. I work full time managing a dental office along with my bosses everyday moves. I also have a business of my own where I make Montana inspired drink ware and decals.

I have a handsome 10 year old son and a beautiful 9 year old step daughter. My husband (he is also handsome) and I were married August 30th, 2014. All three are my rock and I don’t know what I’d do with out them……well I’d probably drink some wine and not have to make dinner! But I would miss them terribly if it was for more than a day.

I’m the person who tries to do it all for everyone but sometimes “doing it all” mean I leave a messy wake behind me so come a long for some good laughs and maybe I can share a thing or two that may help you out some day.

~Mindy 

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