Cast Iron Skillets

As you walk through the kitchen aisle at Wal-Mart or other stores, you will become aware that many different brands and varieties of cookware are available on the market today. Stoneware, Pyrex, ceramic, stainless, aluminum cooking pots and vessels, hot water boilers, stovetop coffee pots, and so forth. Also to be found are items made in cast iron. Cast iron is a perennial favorite among cooks across the country, and there are egg pans, flat griddles for your pancakes, oven pans for baking, and the old standby, the cast iron skillet. With that, you also get into cast iron skillet rust removal , because people will invariably fail to maintain their cookware properly.

Cast iron is unique in that unlike other cookware mentioned above, it can corrode. Preventing this involves curing the skillet, which basically means getting it warm, and giving it a coat of cooking oil, and not overheating it or heating it ‘dry’ when you’re cooking, which will burn off the oil. But, even if you do religiously maintain it with oil, if you prepare anything in the skillet that contains water, and it boils, it will remove the protective oil coating. And, when washed, rinsed, and left to dry, if the skillet is not re-coated, it will rust. This can happen in a busy kitchen, or at least a distracted one, with the eventual result of future use being spoiled by red residue from oxidation on the cooking surface or even on the outside. Rust happens. How do you get rid of the rust? Since the rust is likely surface scale only, removal is pretty straightforward: It’s time for a green scrub pad, found in most kitchens and stores that sell kitchen and cleaning supplies. Put the skillet under the hot tap water, a bit of scouring powder, and go to work. In 5 minutes you should have a satisfactory and presentable, clean, sanitary cook surface on the inside base of the skillet. But, you may have to get more aggressive, and this is why a short-bristle wire brush or preferably nylon brush is a good item to have in the kitchen. Steel wool can also be used here, but usually if things are THAT bad, it might be time to talk about a replacement. Much depends at that point on your familiarity with power tools and things like fine grit sandpaper. Proper put-up of your skillet with a fine coating of vegetable oil saves a lot of labor later on.

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