Friday, January 2, 2015
I am a big fan of cast iron pans. They heat evenly, get screaming hot, and hold the heat well while cooking. They are also indestructible....I think that is my favorite part. We move constantly and I love knowing I own things that the movers can't destroy. They however are vulnerable to rust. Especially if a certain someone, who shall remain nameless, puts them in the dishwasher. The dishwasher people..... yeah......oh the rust......
So how do you clean a rusted cast iron pan and get it back to looking brand new? Super simple all you need is a potato, salt, and oil/fat.
After you have gotten all of the rust removed from the pan rinse clean and coat with your choice of fat. I used vegetable shortening for my pan.
Once coated heat over low heat for 30min, let cool, and then wipe remaining oil out of the pan. To maintain the seasoning on the pan in the future make sure to rinse the pan after use, dry completely, and then oil the pan immediately.
I am very happy to have my cast iron pan looking like new again. We have also had a spur of the moment science class in our house discussing the effects of water on iron. You have to take advantage of all different types of learning opportunities! Even so I think I will be guarding my pan for quite a while.