Rust On My Dutch Oven Cast Iron? Oh My!

Does your cast iron pot look like this? Don’t toss it. We can help.

1. Rust Be Gone!

The first thing is to stay calm. Most Cast Iron Pots are not dishwasher friendly, so no dishwashing my friend.
Apply a small amount of vegetable oil with a dishcloth (canola or olive oil) and rub it into the rust-covered spots. For the most part, this method will erase the rust
However, if this does work, scrub the utensil with a dry plastic textured sponge or a steel wool until the rust is removed.

2. Re-season the Utensil

Re-seasoning reduces the chances of the cast iron utensil getting rusty again. Seasoning is a curing process through which the pores of the iron are sealed with oil, which is why cast iron functions a bit like a non-stick pan. To season, coat the pan with a thin layer of oil and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 30 minutes. Larger pans or utensil will require 45 to 50 minutes.

3. Maintenance, maintenance

To maintain your cast iron and keep it RUST FREE, do ensure to:
not use soap or detergent, as soaps break down the oil seasoning of the iron pot.

not soak pan or pot in water, soaking pot for long will undo the oil seasoning.

So now you know how to revamp your beloved cast iron utensil, enjoy!

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