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how do i get rust out of an unseasoned cast iron pot?

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i scored a new cast iron pot from the thrift store, it had never been seasoned/used. I asked DH to put in on the grill after grilling one night cause it had a funky coating on it that smelled like melted plastic when I put it in the over after thinking I had scrubbed it all off. Anyway thought it would melt off in over the hot grill and not make such a mess or smelly kitchen. We it got left outside and rained on. Now it is rusted and I can not for the life of me get the rust off. I have scrubbed it a few times with a stainless steal scrubber as well as a copped scrubber in hot soapy water. but each time once it has dried, in the oven, it is still rusty.

how do I get the rust off so I can season it properly?
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Originally Posted by anomaly13 View Post
i scored a new cast iron pot from the thrift store, it had never been seasoned/used. I asked DH to put in on the grill after grilling one night cause it had a funky coating on it that smelled like melted plastic when I put it in the over after thinking I had scrubbed it all off. Anyway thought it would melt off in over the hot grill and not make such a mess or smelly kitchen. We it got left outside and rained on. Now it is rusted and I can not for the life of me get the rust off. I have scrubbed it a few times with a stainless steal scrubber as well as a copped scrubber in hot soapy water. but each time once it has dried, in the oven, it is still rusty.

how do I get the rust off so I can season it properly?
put some cooking oil and salt in the pan, and scrub vigorously with a paper towel, and use steel wool on the tough spots

Then season normally.
post #3 of 11
We found a rusty pan on the side of the road and took drastic measures. My dh used his grinder to grind it down to shiny metal. I seasoned it as usual and it is the best pan ever!
post #4 of 11
I have a rusty one to and just heard from the local hardware store lady that sometimes auto repair places will grind it down for you. I haven't tried it yet.
post #5 of 11
When you are drying it out in the oven, rub the oil on first, it will keep the rust from coming back. Thats part of seasoning it.
post #6 of 11
That's what I always do, either in the oven or the stovetop.
post #7 of 11
I am not sure never tried it but a friend has mentiod making a fire pit and burning it off? Not sure.
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I am not sure never tried it but a friend has mentiod making a fire pit and burning it off? Not sure.
This can change the permanently change the physical properties of the metal. I wouldn't recommend it.

I do electrolysis, which sounds really complicated but it's actually not.

Here is a link.
post #9 of 11
Most cast iron is made to withsatnd the tempuratures of a camp fire. I would not reccomend putting it deep inside the raging fire or anything, but they are made to work over a real fire. Which is why most good camping pots/pans/griddles/dutch ovens are cast iron.
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BIT LATE FOR THE ANSWER, BUT FOR NEXT TIME...LOL..............IT'S CALLED WHINKS, IF IT DOESN'T WORK, THEN ALMOST NOTHING WILL...OR TRY OVEN CLEANER, AND PUT IT IN PLASTIC BAG....

BEST REGARDS, EYE

post #11 of 11

I have my great grandmas set.  It was rusted when I got it.  My Grandma told me to cook them for 5 hours at 200 first.  I did it a few times and wiped them out.  Then instead of oil, since oil can make it pretty sticky I used lard.  They're perfect now.  All of them are over 90 years old.  Thick as heck too.  They broke my lazy susan!!!

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