How to clean a rusty cast iron skillet
If your cast iron skillet gets rusty and you contemplate throwing it out. We are here to offer you a better alternative to doing that.
First, you should know that cooking with rusty cookware has no severe effect on your health. However, it is good to eliminate them.
Also, by following these pro tips, you can get rid of any rust and enjoy your skillet again. But if it is severely rusty, you might need to give it an overhaul by taking it to a machine shop. There, it can be restored to the raw cast iron before it is seasoned again.
However, for less serious surface rust, you can follow these steps:
- Steel wool
- Cooking oil
- Dishwashing soap
- Protective gloves
- Stiff bristled brush or scouring sponge
- Aluminum foil
Step 1: Use the steel wool to remove the rust by scrubbing the pan thoroughly. Continue scouring till you remove the crusty residues, and the area returns to a raw cast iron.
Step 2: Add dishwashing soap and warm water to the skillet and wash thoroughly. You can also scrub the surface with a brush or a scouring sponge.
Step 3: Dry the pan using paper towels or a clean cloth.
Step 4: Coat the entire skillet with the cooking oil, including the bottom and handle.
Step 5: Next, place an aluminum foil on the bottom rack of your oven, and place the skillet upside down on the upper rack. Set the temperature to 300 to 360°F and leave for about one hour.
Step 6: Finally, remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool for about 45 minutes. Then, you can enjoy cooking with it.
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