by ERIKA TRACY
A few simple steps at home can restore rusted cast iron cookware to cook-ready condition! Here’s how to do it.
Use fine steel wool to remove rust from affected areas. Scour the skillet until the area returns to raw cast iron.
Wash the cast iron with warm water and mild dish soap. Scrub with bristle brush, gentle scouring pad, or mesh sponge if needed.
Thoroughly dry the cast iron immediately with a clean dish towel or paper towels.
Apply a small amount of vegetable oil (or cooking oil of choice) to the entire piece.
When oiling, don’t forget the bottom and handle. Use only a small amount to avoid a sticky surface.
Heat the cast iron for one hour at 350°F upside down on the top rack. Turn off heat, let cast iron cool before using.