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Thread: Cast iron help with rusting

  1. #1
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    May 2013
    Appleton/Madison WI

    Cast iron help with rusting

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    I bought an old cast iron skillet that was very, very dirty. I got all the gunk off, but now there's a problem with rust - I can clean the rust off (using either vinegar + steel wool or a potato and baking soda), but for the life of me I can't get it to stay rust-free. I've tried drying it in the oven, drying it on the stovetop, drying it with towels, rubbing it with oil and tossing it in the oven - it always rusts. EVERY TIME.

    Advice? By this point I've gone through ~$20 worth of vinegar, plus way too much of my time.

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    Oct 2011
    Edmonton Canada
    Lard or coconut oil rubbed in, heated, rubbed, heat, keep repeating until clean. Then add excess oil and bake at 350 for 4 hours, wiping off excess near end.
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  3. #3
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    May 2013
    United States
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    Here are blog posts about seasoning cast iron pan.
    This is the best way as far as I know.

    Chemistry of Cast Iron Seasoning: A Science-Based How-To
    “Black Rust” and Cast Iron Seasoning

    Also, here are tips on cast iron cookware care:

    How to Care for Cast Iron Skillets, Griddles and Cookware

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