It’s easy! Whether you inherited vintage cast iron covered in rust or forgot to dry your skillet after washing, we’ll show you a few simple steps that will restore your cookware to like-new condition. Let’s take a look at how rust occurs and ways you can tackle it so you can start cooking again in no time.
Why does cast iron rust?
Our cast iron cookware is made of a mix of pig iron, steel, and alloys. Without the protective layer of carbonized oil called seasoning, cast iron is susceptible to rust. Even a well-seasoned pan can rust if it’s left in the sink to soak, put in the dishwasher, allowed to air dry, or stored in a moisture-prone environment.
There’s no need to throw away a cast iron skillet that’s a little (or a lot) rusty. In fact, the next time you stumble upon some rusty pots and pans at an antique store or flea market, imagine the potential! Follow these five easy steps to restore cast iron cookware to its former glory.
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