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Rusty Cast iron

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 

I have a Lodge cast iron pot that I bought at Wal-mart.

 

It looks like this.

 

 

 

 

 

What should I do to get is usable again.

 

Start all over?

post #2 of 36

Hard to tell from the pic.  The bottom doesn't look all that bad?

 

Looks like maybe something acidic was stored in it?

 

A partial takedown and reseasoning on the sides might or might not work?

 

Good luck and good smoking

post #3 of 36
Thread Starter 
Cooked onions was in it over night.
post #4 of 36

Give it a good seasoning. Bee's wax works well for seasoning.

Happy smoken.

David

post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by themule69 View Post

Give it a good seasoning. Bee's wax works well for seasoning.
Happy smoken.
David

Leave the rust in it?

The new oil will coat over the rust?
post #6 of 36
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Originally Posted by c farmer View Post


Leave the rust in it?

The new oil will coat over the rust?

Give it a scrub down with a scotch bright pad. I tell how bad it is in the pictures.

post #7 of 36

if its just surface rust, wash it in hot water and dish soap, dry it (dont just let it air dry)

and hit it with your prefrence of seasoning oil, and bake it.

post #8 of 36

Re-Season it! About 6 slices of bacon.

post #9 of 36
Everyone had an opinion but I've been told never use soap.. Just hot water, a light scour and a wipe with oil..
If it's bad reseason it. Lots of techniques on YouTube
post #10 of 36

I don't use soap on any cast iron. I have put it in the fire overnight. I have bead blasted it. But never soap. I have found some really nice cast iron at garage sales that they say just take it. It is in to bad of shape to ever use. I just smile and wave as I drive away.

Happy smoken.

David

post #11 of 36
Thread Starter 
I haven't used soap in it. Maybe I didn't season it good enough to start with plus it sits in my basement.
post #12 of 36

Tomato's  will also cause that. Gumbo is so good. But if you add a tomato you may get that from the acid. Other food also has acid in it.

Not a big deal. Just remove the rust and re season.

Happy smoken.

David

post #13 of 36

You can scrub out that stuff with a kitchen pad and oil. Basically you'll be seasoning it all over again,   Once it develops a denser type of seasoning you won't get that rusty/crusty stuff in the pores like that. 

 

It takes a while to get a really good coating....it's a process imho. 

post #14 of 36
Thread Starter 
I will give it a shot sunday maybe.

Beeswax might be hard to find?

Crisco work?

How do you season it, I will be using a oven.
post #15 of 36
Thread Starter 
I am very new to cast iron. This is the only one I have but I want to get a skillet.

I need to learn how to take care of this pan first.
post #16 of 36
It's odd. I probably have that same pot, mine was from Cabela's, and the same thing has happened. I also bought a very similar pot at "the auction". If you've ever lived in Schuylkill County, you know this place. For those who haven't yet had the luxury of visiting this weekly circus, think of a cross between a 10 acre yard sale and a flea market every Sunday morning.

The pot I bought was actually in really good shape. I've actually never re seasoned it and cook in it at least once every 2 weeks on the stove top/oven. I wonder if the iron blends changed from years ago?

Our bear camp has a frying pan that has to be 2 feet across and has been there as long as anyone remembers. It's the same way. No re seasoning and just water and a sponge to clean. The thing is like teflon!
post #17 of 36
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Originally Posted by c farmer View Post

I am very new to cast iron. This is the only one I have but I want to get a skillet.

I need to learn how to take care of this pan first.

Hey Adam, IMHO man cast iron has to kinda be "babied" in a way..... Gotta keep it oiled, I use veggie oil or lard is good too ! But it's constant with CI, it requires TLC !
post #18 of 36
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Originally Posted by WaterinHoleBrew View Post

Hey Adam, IMHO man cast iron has to kinda be "babied" in a way..... Gotta keep it oiled, I use veggie oil or lard is good too ! But it's constant with CI, it requires TLC !

Absolutely! Wipe inside and outside with oil after every use.
post #19 of 36
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by WaterinHoleBrew View Post

Hey Adam, IMHO man cast iron has to kinda be "babied" in a way..... Gotta keep it oiled, I use veggie oil or lard is good too ! But it's constant with CI, it requires TLC !

My wife used it. devil.gif


She won't do this again.
post #20 of 36

Yea like already mentioned keep it oiled well, I wipe down with oil before hanging mine up.  

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