Cast iron advice

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    fourhallatts Active Member

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    Yesterday my oldest ds was rummaging around in my mom's garage. Sitting on top of one of her cabinets was a set of 3 cast iron frying pans. If I am not mistaken they were my grandmother's. Now mind you these pans are old. My mom is 90 yo and my grandmother has been gone since 1984. The pans have gotten rusty but he is hoping to save them (he is a pastry chef and loves using his cast iron). Any advice on how to clean them would be greatly appreciated. I will post a picture when I get a chance. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Some coarse salt and some moisture with a cloth should do it. Then season them, people argue over the best method, I just rub in some vegetable oil. Others put a film of shortening in the pans and heat in the oven at at a high temp for 20 minutes or so.
     
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    Sos pads are what we used when I was a kid. It should remove the rust. Make sure to coat with some oil after its clean and dry, drying it on the stove with some low heat. Happy cooking!
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I have some that belonged to my Great GM and I still use then, Once cleaned and greased just make sure to keep them greased after use. Never use a dish washer and never let soapy water. I just give mine a quick wipe with a paper towel after use wipe a film of grease inside and the pan is ready for the next use.
     
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    There’s a guy on YouTube cowboy Kent Rollins I found while researching seasoning my cast iron. He has great tips and fun to watch, and has a whole segment on rusty cast iron
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Google how to restore cast iron pans. There is some type of bath that will clean. Then re season them.

    Some of the old one are very good quality. 40-70 years they were trying to make the pans lighter. Much better
     
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    This. I just subscribed to his page a few weeks ago, great videos. He has a playlist for several of his cast iron videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQHi7MO6wVAr0SSCwdIYt1jr2Au9MFFnZ
     
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    Thanks everybody! He knew about the salt (he is getting some today to get started on them) but I just wanted to check to see if there were other methods also. Here are a couple of pics.
     

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    Thats not bad at all, you will get off the rust and they will be good as new. Shoot a picture of the backside of the pan. There should be a makers mark there.
     
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    Looks like only light surface rust and no pitting. Should clean up nice. Are there makers marks on the bottoms?
     
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    I recently cleaned up some that looked like that....I put them in our self-cleaning oven & let them go thru a cleaning cycle, got rid of 90% of the rust then a little salt, elbow grease & scrubber pad took care of the rest. Season with the cooking type oil of your choice, & good to go.
     
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    I've restored some that bad. use salt, oil and half a potato to scrub the salt around. water is ok, soap is not. then as everyone says, oil and heat. I had a bad one that I oiled in and out, put it upside down in my gas grill outside. they can smoke a bit. I have heard lard is a good oil. I personally don't know what is best. I've used lard and olive and coconut oil. I have one very old large one that I love. But I also have one of those stupid glass top electric range tops, and the old pan is a bit warped, so won't work on that glass top surface. I should take it camping but don't want to soot it up over a campfire.
     
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    They scratch the you know what out of glass top ellectric stoves, one reson that i put a gas stove in when i bought this house. Use it camping, there practically indestructible. If you clean it with soap , worse that happens is it takes off some of the seasoning.
     
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    I know! I use two that aren't warped on the glass top all the time. I try to pick them up not slide them, but of course they scratch. honestly I don't care. I really wish I had another stove. I want a gas range so bad, but our house does not have gas available. we'd have to run a line down a long driveway. and since DH does not cook, he doesn't get my griping about cooking on electric. I'm tempted to full time just to have a gas cook top!
     
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    They are probably well seasoned already, so whatever you do don’t use soap or SOS pads! I bought one from a second hand store that is my best one, it looked pretty much like yours. I scrubbed with salt and water to remove the rust then used lard, a thin layer, coated it with that and baked it in the oven upside down for a couple of hours at I think 400. I let it cool then repeated. I use cast iron a lot and often just leave the pan and don’t wash it at all after using, I wash it just before using. If I am storing them I coat with lard or coconut oil first. Enjoy your new pans!
     
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    These pans need to be stripped down to raw cast and reseasoned. Steel scrubber is a good idea to use now to strip the rust. Then reseason and start worrying about what you use to clean them.
     
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    maybe a stainless scrubber, but avoid the soap impregnated steel wool. I'd try salt and a teflon scrubber first. It also works to add some cooking oil to the salt if necessary.

    I usually don't wash my cast iron either
     
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    Thanks everybody for all the responses! My ds has been so busy he hasn't had a chance to get to them yet. I'll post pics of them after he is done with them.
     

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