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how to prep cast iron :: step by step instructions

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I love to go to garage sales. You never know what treasures your will find when you are rummaging through the tables and bins!

During one of my garage-saling expeditions, I stumbled across this cast iron pan. I remembered my mom telling me, “If you ever find cast iron, buy it!” So I heeded her advice and picked up this diamond in the rough… and it sure was rough! I do not even want to know what has been baked into this bad boy over the years, but I was ready to tackle this project head on!

I mentioned how much I love cast iron in THIS post, so now I want to show you how to prep a cast iron pan! This is how I turned one man’s trash into my TREASURE! 🙂

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  • Diane Cooper
    May 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

    There is nothing better to cook in than a well seasoned cast iron skillet. The one I use almost every day was my mother’s – and before that it belonged to my grandmother – it has to be at least sixty years old! After every use, I heat it up and pour a generous amount of salt in it, and scrub with paper towels. It comes very clean that way without a drop of water!

  • Gianna
    April 17, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I have to re-do all of my pans.

  • Cassie
    April 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I normally pass over cast iron that looks like this, I will definitely be scooping it up from now on!! Thanks for sharing this!!

  • matthew
    March 14, 2014 at 3:14 am

    I have always wondered how to fix rusty cast iron pans.

  • Rust
    March 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Shanda – I bought a huge dutch oven at a garage sale years ago that was rusted and near-hopeless, but I bought it hoping I could restore it successfully. I’ve used your above method successfully with old cast iron that was similar in condition to yours and used your method with great results, however this oven was beyond hope (or so I thought). I ended up running it through the “self-cleaning” setting on my oven (very very high heat) and trhe thing came out like brand new! (meaning back to the original silver color it has before seasoning)

    I did have to start from scratch after I cleaned it …..and season it properly, but I wanted to add in here that the self-cleaning-oven method works miraculously for cast iron that seems beyond hopeless.

    • Shanda
      March 13, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you for the added advice! I have heard wonders about the self cleaning oven as well, but have not had cause to test it out. So glad to hear from first hand experience that it DOES work! 🙂

  • Susan McNeill
    March 7, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I am a garage sale hound, too. I see cast iron all the time, but never knew how to fix the rust and stains. Thanks SO MUCH!!

    • Stacey Brumbaugh
      March 7, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Need to show this to hubby so he can clean my pan up 😉