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Jan 18, 2009 10:03 AM

rehabilitating a cast iron skillet

Mine has quite a bit of perma-gunk near the edges and up the sides. I've tried scrubbing it with Comet or similar but have not made a lot of headway. What's the best way to clean this bad boy right nown to the bare metal so I can start over?


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  1. Run it through a self-cleaning cycle in your oven. In my great grandmother's day and my grandmother's they would clean them by putting them in a fire and burning the crud off.

    You will probably get more responses if you ask this on the Cookware board.

    1. In the episode of Star Trek, Mudd's Women, hanging the pots out in a sand storm did the job.

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        1. depending on how much crud is gooped on it, fill the skillet with water and boil on high heat. scrape it out and do over till clean.

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          1. re: hotoynoodle

            I don't have the self-cleaning option nor easy access to a sand storm. The gunk is too hardened to be boiled off, I've tried that a lot. I figured it might just be a steel wool deal. Any more ideas?

            1. re: allisonw

              they're cheap. start over, buy a new one and take better care of it! ;)

              1. re: allisonw

                If you have a gas or charcoal grill, you can put the CI pan over a very hot fire for a few minutes to burn off the carbonized food. Let it cool and then wash before starting over.

                A fireplace would also work if your house is so equipped.

            2. Oven cleaner should work..otherwise...elbow grease