How To Clean and Season Old, Rusty Cast Iron Skillets
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    How To Clean and Season Old, Rusty Cast Iron Skillets

    How To Clean and Season Old, Rusty Cast Iron Skillets
    What You Need

    The end chunk of a potato (enough to be able to hold firmly)
    Course salt
    A rusty cast iron skillet
    A little vegetable oil (canola or olive will do)

    Gloves (optional, but recommended)


    1. Set your cast iron skillet in the sink and sprinkle a teaspoon or two of Kosher salt in the bottom.

    2. Slice off the top of a raw potato. Make sure to leave enough of the potato so you can grab it easily. Use the cut end of your potato to scour the skillet, grinding the salt into any rusty or crusty spots. As you work, rinse off the skillet (and rust!) and add more salt if it requires more scrubbing.

    3. Once all of the rust has vanished (Yay!), dry your skillet with a clean towel.

    4. If you donít need to re-season your skillet, just add a few drops of oil to its surface. You can be a tad heavy handed with the oil, as it will mostly just absorb. Rub the oil into your skilletís surface, that way itís ready to go for you next cooking adventure.

    Caring for your skillet
    Never, ever, ever wash your skillet with soap again. Donít even let a drop near it. The soap will wear off your fresh coating of oil and it will likely make your next meal taste a tad sudsy. After you finish cooking with your skillet, immediately rinse it out to remove any burned on bits. If you need more scrubbing, let it cool, and then use salt and a coarse scrubbing pad to get rid of any burned bits. Donít let your skillet soak for long periods of time, and never put it in the dishwasher.
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    I read this a couple days ago, but I haven't tried it yet. Most everything else I've tried hasn't worked very well though. I do know if you leave even a drop of water in them, they rust.
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    I stick our cast iron pans in the oven for a few minutes to ensure all the water is off before storage. I love to find old rusty cast iron pans at garage / yard sales or wherever for cheap. I use sand paper to get back to bare metal and then re-season. I got 2 pans real cheap and now use them when camping over an open camp fire! I love to use cast iron when I can while cooking.

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