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Cast Iron Skillet

If your cast iron skillet has turned color don't throw it out.

All it takes is a little elbow grease and you can bring back your cast iron or steel skillet. Use a steel scouring pad or a copper mesh pad and a heavy-duty scouring powder mixed with hot water to scrub the skillet.

Scrub the skillet vigorously. If it still has some old "seasoning" or glazed on oil, scrub this of as best you can. You can also use a drill fitted with a wire brush attachment if there are deep pockets of rust.

When all the rust is scrubbed off wash the skillet with regular soap and water. Dry the skillet in a 350 degree oven for a half-hour and let it cool completely.

Now we have to re-season our skillet.

  1. Use a paper towel to coat the skillet with vegetable oil.
  2. Heat, uncovered, for four hours in an oven at 300 degrees.
  3. Let cool before use.
  4. Once seasoned avoid washing it with soap
  5. Clean by wiping with a damp cloth and kosher salt.
Now your skillet should be good as new.

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