Good ole cast iron. There really is no other way to cook and season your food the old fashioned way. Growing up I remember mom saying the same thing. She had a collection of cast iron from all over, and she still has my Grannie’s from years and years ago. I remember cooking over an open fire while camping. Homemade biscuits, in the cast iron, sausage, bacon, you name it.
It wasn’t until I started cooking for my own family and using cast iron on the daily, and cracking a beautiful Lodge skillet, that I truly understood the importance of cleaning and caring for my pans appropriately. I was going about things the wrooooong way for a while and I had sacrificed a good pan because of it.
Lately, the biggest question I have gotten is how to clean up those ld rusty pans you find at thrift store, antique shops and yardsales. Let’s address this shall we?
HOW DO I REMOVE RUST FROM MY PAN?
Well my friend, there is hope. For pans with mild rusting, a simple scouring pad such as steele wool and water or white vinegar should do the trick. Simply scrub till clean and you’re ready to move on to seasoning. For heavier rust removal try heating the pan in your stove on the lowest setting for a couple of hours before scrubbing with the steele wool.
It’s important that you don’t leave water on cast iron, this is what causes rust and deterioation over time.Kaycee
HOW DO I SEASON MY CAST IRON?
Step One: Once your pan is clean and DRY, you are ready for the seasoning process. Using lard, crisco, vegetable oil ect. apply with a clean cloth in a circular motion. Coat the ENTIRE surface of the cast iron. Handle, bottom inside and all! You will get a little messy during this process, on the bright side your hands will be nice and moisterized! ha!
I personally keep a jar or can of drippings near by for seasoning skillets and adding flavor to food. If you would like to start saving your melted fat in a cute container, check out this one from Amazon CLICK HERE it’s much easier on the eyes.
Step Two. I like to allow my oven to heat to about 200 degrees F. Place my pans inside, close the oven the turn off the oven. I store my cast iron inside my oven so I often just leave them in there once cooled.
HOW DO I SEASON A NEW PAN?
When seasoning a new pan I recommend the same seasoning steps and repeat them a few times before using your pan for the first time.
That is is folks! It’s not as daunting as it looks/sounds. Cast iron, when routinely cared for can last a lifetime and give your food that amazing wholesome flavor we all love.