I love my cast iron pan. In fact, I have a few of them because I really like using them. They are also super durable and will last you a long time if you take proper care of them.
However, one downfall of cast iron pans is that they tend to get rusty pretty quickly. Of course, there is a way to avoid this from happening – and I will tell you exactly how to do that but if yours is already rusty then you need to take care of this problem first before you move on to the “preventing” part of the process!
So How To Clean A Rusty Cast Iron Pan?
It’s much more simple than you probably think. You need two ingredients to clean it – a potato and salt.
Cut your potato in half then sprinkle some salt all over the pan. Grab one half of the potato and start scrubbing the pan with it. The salt and the potato work extremely well in removing rust and cleaning your pan in general.
Once you are done, rinse the pan with hot water – avoid using soap!
How To Prevent Rust?
In order to maintain your pan spotless at all times, you need to create a protective layer of the surface. You can do that with olive oil – it’s super simple yet important for taking proper care of your cast iron pan.
Start off with preheating your oven then placing the pan in there for a few minutes so it can be warm. Then take it out, pour a bit of olive oil in there, and spread it evenly with a paper towel. Next, once again place the pan inside your oven for a few hours.
Once you take it out, wait for the pan to cool down and wipe it with a paper towel to remove the excess oil. Repeat these steps twice so you can really coat the surface with the oil – and you are done!