How to get rid of rust and old seasoning on cast iron

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How to get rid of rust and old seasoning on cast iron

I love cast iron skillets and pans. They are fantastic to cook in and they last a lifetime and longer.

But you have to take good care of them otherwise they get rusty. I show you how to get rid of this rust and old seasoning and then make them perfect again.

How to get rid of rust on cast iron

  1. First, put on some protective clothing and gloves. Then spray the rusted cast iron with vinegar on al sides. let this sit for 5 minutes.

  1. Scrub the metal with steel wool to remove the loose rust and spray on some more oven cleaner on those parts that are heavily coated with rust. Keep doing this till you see clear metal. Do this all 30 minutes or less to prevent the vinegar from eating in on the cast iron.

  1. To get rid of the vinegar we are going to clean the cast iron with hot water and soap. Now take a dishcloth to dry off the metal.

How to get rid of old seasoning

  1. Spray chemical oven cleaner on all rusty parts of the cast iron.

  1. Put the pots and pans in a carbage bag and close it. Leave it all for 24 hours.

  1. After 24 hours, Clean the cast iron with warm water and soap and dry it thoroughly.

For a faster way to remove old seasoning, you better watch the video

Seasoning cast iron

  1. I like to use beef tallow for seasoning cast iron. This is rendered beef fat. You can also use Crisco or other vegetable oil. Rub this on the cast iron and make sure you reach all the nooks and crannies.

  1. Now wipe it all off with a cloth until it is dry to the touch.

  1. Put your pan in a 250°C (480F) oven. You can of course use your barbecue for this. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes.

  1. Now take it out and let it cool. When it’s cold enough to touch you start from step 1 and repeat this 3 times.

For more tips and tricks, please watch the video.

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