Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Get Rust Off Of Cast Iron

For cast iron, it can be easy to care for, but when it starts rusting, it gets a little more difficult. The proper care makes all the difference in the world. I have been cooking in these things my entire life and I love them. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Remove the rust:

To remove rust you have a couple of options. You can use the old way burn in an open flame then scrub with steel wool; this is how my mom used to do it. Another, more traditional, options soak it in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Make sure you do not leave it soaking for more than a couple of hours, at most over night. Then use a mixture of salt, or something abrasive, and vegetable oil to scrub the rust off. You can use a steel wool, but do not scrub to hard.

You can also use oven cleaner. Be sure to wear gloves for this one. Spray the cleaner on the rust spots, put in a bag of some sort over night, and then clean. I have not personally used this one, but my friend says it works well.

2. Clean the pan:

Wash with soap and water immediately after cooling. DO NOT LET SOAK! After you wash it dry it completely do not let it air dry.

Place on a hot stove for a few minutes to be sure it is completely dry. While it is on there heated, put a small layer of oil inside the wipe with a paper towel. Then store like above.

3. Season the pan:

Put a light coating of vegetable oil, or lard on the pan then place in a warm oven for about an hour. Check after about 30 minutes to ensure the pan is well coated. Take out let it cool then store. Do not store with lids on, and put a couple of paper towels in it to absorb any wetness that may accumulate.

Tags: over night, steel wool