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Cleaning a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet

About this Tip:

How to clean a cast iron pan that has rusted. A great way to clean a rusty cast iron skillet or pan is to use a potato.

How to clean cast iron that has rusted

How to:

  1. Cut a white potato in half and rub the cut side all over the pan. As it becomes soiled, cut it off so you have a clean end again
  2. Rub until the rust is removed
  3. Wash and rinse the pan in hot water and a little soap
  4. Dry it thoroughly
  5. Oil the entire inside with cooking grade oil to re-season it

Warnings & Cautions:

Make sure you dry and re-season the pan or it will rust again

Why It Works:

The acid in the potato breaks down the rust