Cast iron skillets get better with age- as long as you're consistently cooking with them, and as long as you don't clean them with soap. If it's been ages since you've actually used your skillet, chances are it's in need of some TLC. Covered in rust, you say? No problem! Reach for these three simple kitchen staples to help you return your pan to its former glory.
What You Need
- Coarse salt
- Oil (vegetable, olive- even Crisco works!)
- 1 potato
Depending on the shape of your pan, this job could get messy. I recommend going outside, or covering your table in newspaper for easy cleanup.
1. Sprinkle a hefty amount of course sea salt into the pan. I used about a half cup to start for my 12" skillet, and added more as needed.
2. Cut your potato so that one half easily fits in the palm of your hand.
3. Place the potato cut side down on top of the salted pan and start scrubbing.
Work your way around the pan in a circular motion, apply a good amount of pressure.