Please Help - Urgent Wok Crisis!
I have been away for a month and my housemate used my Wok. He left it half filled with water!!!!! I got back to day horrified to find it covered in water with bits of rust floating in it! And there looks like a bit of the black coating has come right of.
I am not sure what type of wok I have; but it is certainly non stick. Pretty sure it is Iron. I had to take off a layer of silver coating when I brought it from the store and season it numerous times.
Anyway. I have had it for months, had a beautiful black coating on it. And now I am quite honestly distraught.
I have soaked it with some detergent (prob not what It needed!) and dried it. See pics for post-soak pictures.
I heard rust can make you sick?
is this actually rust now on my wok?
Time to get a new one?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
It sure looks like a rusty steel wok to me. Before buying a new one, see if you can clean it up. You could soak it in vinegar for a few hours to overnight, then give it a salt/oil scrub to remove the rest of the rust. After that, re-season and you might be good to go. It's easy and much cheaper than buying a new pan.
If, otoh, cleaning reveals that's it's badly pitted, then I'd make roomie spring for a new one.
I think you are fine and the wok is more then salvageable. Take a metal wooly scrubby thing and scrub some of the black seasoning off where that white patch is. Then re-season. Also scrape any leftover rust off.
The wok I am currently using is one I found on the street pre garbage pick up. It was rusty and unevenly seasoned. I did the above and now I have a nicely seasoned wok. It's the beauty of these kind of woks.