Restoring Cast Iron: 7 Steps That Will Absolutely Work

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Did you know one way to get more iron in your diet is to cook with cast iron? I wasn’t aware of that until recently.

But actually, I switched to only cooking with cast iron a year or so ago. I had plenty of cast iron pans, but I still cooked with non-stick pans pretty regularly because cast iron intimidated me.

Then my mother-in-law came along and showed me how to season, clean, and restore cast iron. I learned that cooking with cast iron was a great way to stop adding toxins to my body through Teflon pans.

And just like that, I was hooked.

So if you like the idea of cooking with cast iron, but aren’t sure how to care for it, then keep reading this article.

Restoring Cast Iron:

Here is how you can restore and care for your cast iron cookware:

1. Buy It…Cheap or New

Some of these steps will vary depending on whether you bought your cast iron used or new. Cast iron new is a little pricey.

But you have to consider that you’ll probably have to will it to someone because it lasts for so long. If you’d like to buy new cast iron, shop for it here.

However, when I first bought my cast iron I was on a tight budget. My husband, mother-in-law, and I were at a local Farmer’s Market buying fruits and veggies in bulk that we didn’t grow that year. We were looking to can them.

Then we came upon a booth that was selling old cast iron pans for a really discounted price. I almost walked away because of all of the rust when my mother-in-law told me not to let the rust deter me. She would show me how to clean those pans up to where they looked brand new.

So we bought every piece he had, and I’ve never regretted it. If you find a good deal on used cast iron, don’t let the condition or the fear of where it has been deter you. When you get done cleaning it up, it will look like new and it would have to be a super germ to survive the cleaning method.

2. Burn It or Scrub It

via Gene Lonergan


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