Tuesday Tip: Refurbish old cast iron pansThe photo on Pinterest looked just like my cast iron pan, discolored and dingy. Below it, though, was another photo of the same pan, back to black and good as new.
By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM
The photo on Pinterest looked just like my cast iron pan, discolored and dingy. Below it, though, was another photo of the same pan, back to black and good as new.
Turns out, you can recondition old cast iron pans.
One method is to spray the entire pan with an aerosol oven cleaner, like Easy Off. (Be sure to wear plastic gloves.) Seal the pan in a plastic garbage bag, which allows the oven cleaner work longer. Let it sit for a couple days. Repeat if necessary. Wipe away the grime and wash the pan in hot water.
Soak the cleaned skillet in a two-to-one solution of hot water and white distilled vinegar for 30 to 60 minutes. Scrub away any surface rust with steel wool. Wash the skillet in soap and hot water.
Now you can re-season the skillet by heating it up, adding a coating of oil or lard, and wiping away the excess.
If you don’t like the idea of using oven cleaner on your cookware, another suggested method is to place the pan in a self-cleaning oven and run it through a cleaning cycle, though some say this could crack or warp the cast iron.
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