Last year I said good-bye to my Teflon Non-Stick (which had become highly sticking with the silver lines running in every direction) pans and purchased Cast Iron skillet from LODGE. There are a lot of companies out now which make beautiful cast iron cookware but they are EXPENSIVE!!!

My main reasons to buy Lodge products was that firstly they are economical and secondly the quality is amazing. I have had their double play griddle/grill for over three years now and it still works great.

If you cook with cast iron you must have come across this scenario….RUST!

Does that mean you cannot use your cookware anymore.


All is well.

With a few simple steps your skillet/pot/griddle will be as good as new.

You can also use this process when you buy a new cast iron which is not seasoned or if you get a hand me down from your grand mother and you want it to shine like it did when you were young.

Now let’s get to work.


You will need:

  • Scrub Brush (I love this Scrub Brush )

  • Vegetable/ Non-GMO Canola Oil

  • Salt


  • Wash the skillet using a gentle dish soap. Use a scrub brush for extra cleaning. Dry promptly using a paper towel.

how to remove rust from cast iron
Wash using a gentle soap

  • Add two tablespoons of salt and scrub with a paper towel. (Do this step only if there is food stuck on the skillet).

How to remove rust from cast iron
Rub with Salt

  • Rub with a light layer of oil.

how to remove rust from cast iron
Add vegetable oil

How to remove rust from cast iron
Rub with Oil

  • Bake it in the oven at 400F/200C for 1 hour.

How to remove rust from cast iron
Bake the Skillet in the Oven

There you go……

Simple right?

Now your cast iron is as good as new. Store in a dry place. Make sure to dry it promptly if you wash it. Hopefully with these simple steps taking care of cast iron will be a breeze and your skillet will enter the list of your family heirlooms.


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