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May 13, 2008 04:36 PM

Removing Rust from Cast Iron Skillet

What's the easiest way to do it? It's just a small spot, happily. Also, is rust dangerous? Thanks!

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  1. Steel wool. Or sandpaper. Or most likely your normal kitchen scrubber sponge
    thing will work just fine. Then dry it quick and wipe on a thin coat of oil so it
    doesn't rust again.

    Rust is iron + oxygen. Your body actually needs both of these. There are better
    places to get it than from a frying pan, but it's not going to hurt you.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Chuckles the Clone

      once you rub it with oil, like chuckles says, put it in the oven at about 200 degrees and let it sit there for a couple of hours. that will help.

      1. re: ihatepickyeaters

        Old skillets are great hand-me-downs. Just adding to the previous post. Adding a coat of cooking oil then baking for a couple of hours, seasons the iron skillet. Repeating the process adds more protection. Also, the more a skillet is used, the more seasoned it becomes and also forms a natural stick free surface. Just wipe down gently when done using it or at the very most, a little dish washing liquid. Dry immediately with a paper towel.
        When I was a kid, I remember how proud I was to use an SOS soap pad and scour my moms ugly black iron skillet to a bright metal color. Geesh, I'm lucky my mom didn't hit me in the head with it! Oh well, i was just trying to help. Ha.

        1. re: Big N Fat

          Some people collect antique cast iron cookware. I was just looking at some sites that deal in it. They also give instructions for how they make old junk look like new again, but that's some serious business that you really don't want to do on your own, namely lye baths. Those old antique pans are beautiful, though. They look a lot nicer than the contemporary Lodges to me. They seem to have smoother finishes.

          Here's one tip on home removal of rust:

          You can google up a lot more.

    2. I just cleaned one out that I left in the water to long and I used a sos pad and then cleaned with a scotchbrite pad and ivory dish soap. Then I used 220 grit sandpaper to finish off and washed again and then oiled and baked at 250 degrees for about 4 hours total time.