Can I “season” Grandma’s Spaetzle Press?


I priced a new Spaetzle Press (wow) and thought I’d try to season it (like cast iron pans) first. It’s rusting and one spot is not good.

So Crisco or vegetable oil?

150 degrees? How many minutes?

q can i season grandma s spaetzle press
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  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 14, 2021
    This was a close as I could get. How to Season a Cast-Iron Skillet

  • Have you tried CLR? Still have my relatives kitchen tools from way back when. Think of them every time I use them.

    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 18, 2021

      Worried about it not being compatible with food. Yes, I’d rinse the heck out of it and then soap it down and rinse again.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 14, 2021

    If you have a pizzelle maker with a non-stick finish, you shouldn't have too much trouble. But I do think it's best to lightly mist the plates with a little non-stick spray, and then wipe off the excess with a paper towel. (You should only need to do this once, as the pizzelle iron is pre-heating. grease your pizzelle iron is to dip a towel in vegetable oil, and wipe it all over the iron's interior plates. This helps avoid the sticky residue you may get from spraying the iron with non-stick spray.

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    • Dee Dee on Mar 16, 2021

      So sorry, I read that incorrectly but you could still use Rustoleum rust remover and start from there.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 14, 2021

    This is what I could find, hope it helps:

    How to re season a rusty press?

    • Since you now have a rusty press, it's time to re-season your press. First, remove all the rust. Then, wash thoroughly in hot soapy water with a brush. Dry THOROUGHLY. Remove the screws holding the handle in place. Cover the entire press ALL OVER with a very thin coating of plain Crisco or lard.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 14, 2021

    Hi Lifesstyles: Well, I'm thinking that you need to address the rust. You could soak your maker in some Coke Cola to get rid of the rust. Here are some sites that show how to do that:

    Once the rust is removed, I'd give it a good wash with some warm water and Dawn dish soap and use a scrub brush on the sticky bits. Then, dry it off really, really good with a paper towel. You might even put it in a luke warm oven, pre-heated to 200 and then turned off, for about 20 minutes to make sure it's really dry. If that one dark part is plastic, I wouldn't put that part in the oven. Then, when it's dry, spray everything all over, on the inside and the part with holes, with a cooking spray, wipe it off really well and spray and wipe again really well. Every time you use it, wash it really well and dry it even better:) Paper towels seem to get more water out than cloth towels. Then, stick a paper towel into the bottom and the part with holes and store in a place where it will have air flow. This should do it for you :)

    Good luck

  • William William on Mar 15, 2021

    You can soak it in vinegar to remove the rust and scrub with a green kitchen scrubby.. Cast iron needs to be seasoned because it is porous and does rust. I never heard of seasoning mild steel. A light coat of cooking spray should protect it. Canola oil would work. Vegetable and olive oil goes rancid over time.

  • William William on Mar 15, 2021

    Canola oil is a GMO (genetically modified organism) from rapeseed which is a flowering plant. So it doesn't go rancid.

  • Connie Lyons Furmanek Connie Lyons Furmanek on Mar 16, 2021

    Looks like it needs a good cleaning with Barkeepers Friend to bring back the shine. I don't think metal pans need 'seasoning' like cast iron ones. Just keep them really clean like chef pans.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 17, 2021

    Oh my gosh, my grandmother had a table with exactly the same top as in the picture! I believe the pattern may have been called Cracked Ice.(?)

    (I know that this doesn't address your question Cheryl, but as it's ben decades since I saw it last, I felt compelled to comment.)

  • Annie Annie on Mar 18, 2021

    Stainless steel or chrome plated will not season like cast. If the chrome is starting to flake off or bubble then its done...

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 16, 2021

    Hi there, hope this helps you out,

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