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Rusty cast iron pans

Hazel Reagan


Joined: Dec 20, 2011
Posts: 36
Location: SW Oregon Zone 8b
How do you get rid of rust on cast iron pans? These are rusty inside and out, they've been subjected to moist conditions while stored in an outside kitchen.
John Polk
steward

Joined: Feb 20, 2011
Posts: 6431
Location: Moving to: NE Washington USDA zone 5 Western steppes to the Rockies
    
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Rub them with Coca Cola. The phosphoric acid will eat the rust (slowly).
After they are clean, I would wash them, then dry on stove top.
They should then get a good rubbing with lard (or the fat/oil of your choice).
They may need a reseasoning, depending on how bad they got.

Cook me up some bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Joe Braxton


Joined: Mar 24, 2012
Posts: 220
Location: NC (northern piedmont)
    
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Depending on how bad the rust is, steel wool, sandpaper, and on up to sandblasting will work.
That's the beauty of cast iron, short of cracking it, you really can't hurt it.
christine lawson


Joined: Jun 01, 2011
Posts: 34
Location: West Quebec


Rubbing them with dry, coarse salt. Or a piece of a broken brick. I've had success with both.
Hazel Reagan


Joined: Dec 20, 2011
Posts: 36
Location: SW Oregon Zone 8b
Thanks for all your great advice! I love this site!!!
Leila Rich
steward

Joined: May 24, 2010
Posts: 3612
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
    
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The best and easiest method I've ever used is to shove the whole pan (after unscrewing the wooden handle if it has one ) into a hot outdoor fire and let it die down around the pan. THe pan needs to stay in long enough to burn off any carbon from the fire.
Pull it out hot, or leave it, give it a good wash with steel wool then season it. http://www.permies.com/t/154/cooking-food-preservation-food-choices/cast-iron-skillet-ain-so
Hazel Reagan


Joined: Dec 20, 2011
Posts: 36
Location: SW Oregon Zone 8b
Thanks Leila, No elbow grease this way!
David Goodman
volunteer

Joined: Dec 14, 2011
Posts: 325
Location: Zone 9a/8b
    
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I used a wire brush to clean a few up, then rubbed in bacon fat and burned 'em in a fire.

Afterwards, cleaned them off and rubbed in more fat, wiped that clean with a rag and hung 'em up.

Worked great. Cast iron is fantastic.


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David Goodman
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Joined: Dec 14, 2011
Posts: 325
Location: Zone 9a/8b
    
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(And, by burned, I mean toasted them on low coals. Not "chucked them into a raging blaze.")
Hazel Reagan


Joined: Dec 20, 2011
Posts: 36
Location: SW Oregon Zone 8b
sounds like fire is a definate help in cleaning. Also, the fat is good cause your seasoning at the same time.
Thanks!
Jason Klepacz


Joined: Nov 16, 2011
Posts: 4
Location: Northwest Ohio
I'm planning on trying this method this weekend.
Hazel Reagan


Joined: Dec 20, 2011
Posts: 36
Location: SW Oregon Zone 8b
Nice Jason!
 
 
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