How To Restore Rusty Cast-Iron Cookware

Cast-iron cookware is used by many chefs in the kitchen due to its heat retention properties. Over time cast-iron pots and pans are prone to rust, but if you dry them after each cleaning you will prevent rust formation.

Since forever, my grandmother is using cast-iron cookware, and when it comes to cleaning this type of material, she used all sort of tricks and remedies, but she never used chemicals.

Although, removing rust from cast-iron was a bit challenging, but she succeeded with the next method:

You need:

  • steel wool
  • dish soap
  • oil
  • sponge

How to proceed?

Well, at first, you have to use the steel wool to rub all the rust from the cast-iron pot. I mean, you have to rub it thoroughly until the rust is completely removed, and then wash it with warm water and dish soap.

After washing, you should act immediately to clean and dry the cast iron skillet with a paper towel or a cotton cloth.

Now, apply a small amount of oil over the entire surface of the pot or pan, including the bottom and handle, and place the pot or pan in the oven heating it for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

At the end, turn the oven off and remove the pan, carefully, not to burn your hands. Let it cool, and then you can use it to cook your favorite dishes.

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