How to restore an old Cast Iron

My parents where getting rid of some unused stuff and gave me this (sort of) old cast iron skillet for Christmas. Not in too bad shape, but there was some rust to deal with.

Look at all that ugly rust!

Steel wool would have been better, but I had this lying around, it should work. Scour the skillet until the area returns to raw cast iron.

Yay! It got rid of the old caked oil as well, so I didn’t have to treat it with Lye (oven cleaner).

A quick wash removes all the dust from metal and rust. Wash the cast iron with warm water and mild dish soap. Scrub with a brush, gentle scouring pad, or mesh sponge if needed.

I let it dry for a moment so it didn’t start rusting again. You can dry the cast iron with a clean dish towel or paper towels.

There was just a little bit of rust hiding in small pits in the metal so i soaked it in vinegar to deal with that. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough vinegar around to completely submerge it.

Getting better but not perfect, I soaked it in vinegar again, this time over night.

Oh, look at how pretty that is getting.

Time to give it that no-stick treatment. Apply a small amount of vegetable oil (or cooking oil of choice) to the entire piece. When oiling, don’t forget the bottom and handle. Use only a small amount to avoid a sticky surface.

Place the cast iron upside down on the top rack of your rack. Place a sheet of aluminum foil or a foil-lined baking sheet on the bottom rack to catch any oil drips. Heat the cast iron for one hour at 350 degrees.

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