Is A Rusty Pan Safe to Use? & How to Maintain Stainless Steel Cookware?
I didn't find any educated or informed answers googling, but assumed that it wasn't safe, so I'm getting a new saucepan eventually. I'm still curious to know the answer though. The rusty pan is probably either aluminum or stainless steel.
On a related topic, how can I care for my new stainless steel saucepan so that it lasts a long time? - to slow corrosion basically.
Stainless by definition doesn't rust. SS, in French is called inox, i.e. inoxidable. Some grades can over time oxidize and pit to an extent, especially if exposed to a high-salt environment, but as a practical matter it generally isn't much of a problem. If you just clean them soon after using them you should be fine pretty much for a lifetime. As far as cleaning, start with a simple soapy sponge. If that doesn't get it all off, move up to a plastic pad, and then to a metal pad. Bar Keepers Friend or Bon Ami are also good.
A rusty pan is safe to use especially after you remove the rust from the pan. Rust is nothing but oxidized iron. It really does not kill you unless your body cannot remove iron effectively or you eat tons of rust.
A rusty pan also mean it is NEITHER aluminum nor stainless steel. It is probably carbon steel. That being said, everything can rust. Aluminum can be oxidized. We just don't call it rust.
A stainless steel pan is pretty easy to take care of, as it has strong resistance against oxidation (rusting). Still, some stainless steel pans are not dishwasher and can rust under a dishwasher. Thanks.