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I consider frugality an art form and a religious conviction. I learned about paying cash for purchases, recycling and reusing just about everything and being generous to friends and those in need from my parents.

My faith instructs me all things are gifted by God and so I am compelled to be a good steward of my gifts. [The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man. Psalm 115:16]


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Quick Tip: Save a rusty cast-iron skillet!

Don't throw out that rusty cast-iron skillet! Here is advice from several sources on how to save your cast iron skillet once it's developed a bit of rust -- or if you find an old one at a yard sale.


--Use a stiff nylon brush, hot water and a little salt (a natural abrasive) to scour off the rust. You may have to throw away the salt and add more and repeat the scouring process if the pan is really dirty.

If that doesn't work, use hot water and steel wool. When you're done, coat the inside and outside of the pan with vegetable oil and place it on foil-upside down-in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour to re-season. Allow to cool before using or storing.

--To clean rust from an abused garage sale find of a cast iron skillet soak the item for 24 hours in a bath of 1 part molasses and 3 parts water. Clean with a bit of steel wool. (resoak as needed) Season and voila.

--To prevent future rust: After washing the pan, put it on the stove and let it heat until any water left in the pan has evaporated.

--Never use scouring powder or soap! The soap will suck out the good oils in the pan and the pan could absorb the soapy taste!!


RCUBEs said...

Thanks for the tip...God bless you sister! Have a great week ahead!

Tammy said...

Thanks for the tips. My parents had a few cast iron skillets and a griddle that I inherited.

Mary Moss said...

Tammy, how cool! I bought one - brand new a few years ago, and my husband PUT IN THE DISHWASHER!!!

I should have taken a breath and been thankful he did the dishes, but I must admit I was not gracious at all!