Remove Rust from Cast Iron Cookware

By | August 15, 2012

Remove Rust from Cast Iron

Have you ever been frustrated by rusty cast iron pans and skillets? Fortunately, it is easy to remove rust from cast iron cookware. It takes just a couple of minutes and some ingredients from your pantry to reclaim your cast iron.

When I went to use my cast iron flat skillet today, I was not pleased to see its condition.  Evidently the skillet was put away when it wasn’t completely dry, and a couple of spots or rust had formed. Fortunately my pantry contains just the things to remove rust from cast iron cookware – olive oil and coarse salt.

Remove Rust from Cast Iron Cookware

To clean rust spots on cast iron cookware, just pour a tablespoon or 2 of oil on the pan. Sprinkle liberally with the coarse salt. Use a stiff brush to scrub until the rust is gone. It doesn’t take long at all. This method also works to remove burnt-on food.

After all the rust has been removed, rub some oil into the cast iron to season it. (I use coconut oil.) Put the cast iron pan into a 450 degree oven to dry completely. I put the pan in the oven for 5 minutes at that temperature and then turn it off. I allow the pan to cool in the oven.

Hint: Don’t ever use soap on cast iron as it destroys the seasoning. I have a dedicated cast iron scrub brush that I use with water. That’s all I ever need.

Hopefully this trick is helpful to anyone who needs to remove rust from cast iron.  This post is participating in The Mommy Club and Works for Me Wednesday.  So tell me…  What tricks do you use to keep your cookware good as new?

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