How to Clean Rusty Cast Iron Pans


Cast iron cookware is wonderful for many reasons. A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet is naturally non-stick. ...
Cast iron cookware retains heat — that is, they stay hotter —
Cast iron pans can be used on the stove top as well as in the oven.
And did you know that cooking with cast iron pots and pans can boost your iron intake.
These lovelies DO have some down sides!
They are super heavy.....and since the handles get hot....you have to be pretty careful.
They need to be seasoned well and cleaned carefully to retain the non-stick surface provided by that seasoning.
Sometimes the pans do rust. When they do, it is a simple matter to get them clean.
how to clean rusty cast iron pans, cleaning tips, how to
Cut a potato in half and get out your table salt.
how to clean rusty cast iron pans, cleaning tips, how to
Use some good old elbow grease and rub the potato around the salt in the pan.
You will be amazed at how easily the salt and the moisture from the potato removes the rust.
how to clean rusty cast iron pans, cleaning tips, how to
Give it a good rinse...no soap needed or recommended.
how to clean rusty cast iron pans, cleaning tips, how to
Heat the pan with a little oil and let it cure for a bit.
Magic!
A clean rust free pan!

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  • Jo Mueller
    on Oct 23, 2016

    You mention "Heat the pan with a little oil and let it cure for a bit" What kind of oil? How high and long should you let it heat? And what do you mean by "cure"?

    • Christina Yates
      on Oct 19, 2017

      I wish I had read these answers before we threw out a lovely cast iron La Crusette pan. It showed signs of rust and it was very heavy for me to lift but it obviously had many more years in it!!
  • Suzann
    on Oct 25, 2016

    I love my club aluminum and have purchased most of it off E-Bay. But, I have scorched both the inside and outside of my 3 qt. from cooking how can I clean it up? Thanks

    • Wsl7304262
      on Nov 29, 2016

      Put your cast iron in the oven when you clean it and the cast will come out like new then season it.

  • Jus12214909
    on Oct 25, 2016

    I just used my pan and couldn't remember if it was a potato so I used half a lemon and the kosher salt it work just as well. I also put the oil on it when I finished. Will this harm it?

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  • Giorgia
    on Oct 29, 2016

    good idea

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