Caring for Cast Iron Cookware

January 26, 2010

Caring for Cast Iron CookwareI have a rusted, dutch oven skillet. How do I clean and re-season it?

By Nikki Kiser from San Angelo, TX



January 26, 20100 found this helpful
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If the rust is a bit deep get some sandpaper and try to remove it. After removal of the rust, clean it well with soap and water, then dry it. Brush some vegetable oil on it and heat in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool. Then reapply more oil and heat for another 30 minutes.
If the rust is only topical then you can rub it out using equal parts vegetable oil and salt. Then follow the instructions for the seasoning and heating from above. Good luck!

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February 2, 2013

The care and cleaning of a cast iron pan is different than that of other types of cookware. This is a page about cleaning a cast iron pan.

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November 4, 2011

This is a page about removing rust from cast iron. If your cast iron cookware is not properly seasoned or cleaned it can get rusty very quickly.


getting rid of the rust will allow you to start over seasoning and cooking with your cast iron.

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June 29, 2011

This is a page for seasoning a cast iron pan. Cast iron pans are durable and versatile for cooking. Proper seasoning and care of cast iron cookware makes your pans resistant to food sticking.

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January 26, 2010

I have 3 old iron skillets that had belonged to my mother-in-law. They are very dirty and have rust on them. What is the correct way to remove the rust, clean the pans, then season them?

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