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Jan 2, 2008 07:16 AM

Did I ruin my paellera?

Last year on a trip to Barcelona, I purchased a paellera in a local hardware store. I used it for the first time yesterday, and I *may* have gotten carried away trying to get the perfect soccorat and scorched the bottom of the pan a bit. I used Bar Keeper's Friend to get it clean and I thought that I had done a pretty good job, but after it dried there is a thin film of what looks like rust on it. Is this salvageable?

Thanks in advance,

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  1. no I have a had several paelleras for 15 years and rust occasionally appears from storage. I scrub them well with steel wool and then re season them. The carbon steel which I assume is what you have has a tendency to rust.

    1. What Sundevil said. carbon or mild steel will rust just from storage and non-use. one way to avoid is to oil well before storage and then rinse and wipe before using. You definitely haven't ruined it. I f cleaning it got you back down to clean metal, you may want to season it again before the next use. there are a whole bunch of threads on here about haow to season cast iron. the same rules apply to mild(non-stainless) steel.

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      1. re: chazzerking

        So I can scrub off all of the rust and then season it in the oven just as I would a cast iron pan? Thanks!

        1. re: maraki

          Don't think you ruined your paellera. (how did the paella turn out, btw? did you pull of a perfect soccorat? Mmm..crispy bits!) Here is a link to some "care and feeding/seasoning instructions" for your paella pan: