They say you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. In my case I didn’t know what I was missing until I found it. That is this gorgeous cast iron skillet. My new roommate, John brought it into my life and I couldn’t wait to get to work restoring it from its rusty state so I could season it. If you are wondering how to restore & season rusty cast iron then you are in the right spot.
The first thing to do is to gather your materials:
- Enough aluminum foil to line a large cookie sheet or the lower rack of your oven
- Brill-O or SOS pads
- Clean sponge
- Heavy duty dish soap
- Dishtowel or paper towels
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, more depending on the size of the pan
Start by preheating your oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet or the bottom rack with aluminum foil; you can leave it out for now.
Now it’s time to start to restore the rusty cast iron. We’re going to scrub away the rust using the Brill-O or SOS pad. Scrub, scrub, scrub, until there are no traces of rust.
Next use the clean sponge and dish soap to thoroughly wash the pan. I like to do 2 rounds of wash, rinse, and repeat, for optimal cleanliness.
Use the towel(s) to dry the pan thoroughly before coating the cast iron with the vegetable oil.Make sure to spread the oil around well.
Don’t worry, we’re getting close to the end!
Place the pan upside down in the oven and bake for 1 hour. After the hour turn the oven off and let it come to room temperature, with the cast iron still inside.
Repeat this process 2 – 3 times over a short course for optimal seasoning. To keep your freshly seasoned cast iron healthy be sure to dry it immediately after washing (if you choose to wash) and reapply the oil as needed.
It’s not done yet, but it’s definitely a start!
Tell Me: Do you have another method of restoring and seasoning cast iron?