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Salvage That Rusty Cast Iron Pan

Recently I found some cast iron pots and pans outside. Problem was is they were SOOOooo Rusty! I have no idea how long they had been outside but I'm guessing years. So I went about seeing if there was a way I could save these wonderful cooking items. So here is hat I found and it worked pretty good ;O) I didn't take as many pictures as I should have because my hands were so nasty. This is NOT a clean job and I would recommend doing it outside if possible.

(Picture won't upload I'll try again late)

Items Needed:

*Rusty Cast Irons
*Bucket Big Enough to Fit Pans
*Scrub Brush
*Cooking Oil

Step 1:Place all your cast irons into the oven and turn it up as high as it goes. Place them upside down and let bake for 2-3 hours! Let cool completely,which may take a couple more hours.

Step 2:Rinse well, it will be pretty dirty water and will leave your hands nasty so wear rubber gloves.

Step 3: Fill Bucket with Hot water and 4 cups of vinegar. Place pots and pans inside bucket, make sure there is enough to completely cover them. Let sit for 1-4 hours, checking every hour you can use the scrub brush to loosen the rust. Again wear your gloves!

Step 4: Rinse well again, by this point you really shouldn't have much rust left if any. Use a dark towel to dry the pan inside and out. Then place in your oven upside down for 45 minutes on 350 degrees. Let cool then pull out and rub with the towel again.

Step 5:With a paper towel rub  a thin layer of cooking oil inside and outside on the pan. Place back into  your oven at 350 for 15 minutes. Make sure the pan is upside down and put a cookie sheet under it to catch any dripping oil.

Your pan should be fairly new again now :O)


Danielle S said…
As I am looking out at the old cast iron pan that my husband placed near the bird feeder, the one that I would love to have serviceable again, my heart quivers. For I do not have a bucket big enough to put that darn sucker into. That pan is HUGE!
Unknown said…
Thank you, shared on my page! A lot of people don't realize how much better cast iron pans are than that expensive stuff in stores, and many old ones can be reclaimed.
Mellissa said…
You can use your bathtub just be prepared to scrub it afterwards lol
Mellissa said…
I love my cast irons! I have 7 of them lol thanks for sharing :)
Unknown said…
Thank you! I love my cast irons, and last week I forgot a pan in the sink. I was so upset, but I am going to try this to revive it! Thank you Melissa!
Mellissa said…
Eeekkk...let me know how it goes.
Funny that you wrote this. I am looking at purchasing some cast iron pans and this would come in very useful in the future-thank you so much!
hippie_mom said…
I have always heard cast iron is great for cooking and had been considering trying them out. Thanks so much for the help getting started!
Unknown said…
we use cast iron all the time; i've never cured one but dad has. they're awesome :)
Unknown said…
Cast iron is on my Want list. I'll have to start checking out yard sales. Maybe I can find an old one that needs reclaimed. :)

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