Cleaning Cast Irons & Saving a Rusty Cast Iron Pan

How to clean and season after every use:

A Collection of Cast Iron- the more, the merrier. Photo thanks to Cybrgrl.

  • Scrub with nylon scrub pad or stiff-bristled non-metal brush
  • Dry immediately with a towel and rub lightly with olive oil
  • You may have to soak it briefly to get all food off of the pan
  • NEVER put in the dishwasher or scrub with metal

What to do if food sticks:

  • Place the pan on the burner on high heat for a minute or two
  • Take pan off burner and sprinkle a ½ teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of olive oil inside of the pan

    Cast Irons are the way to go. Photo thanks to Cybrgrl.

  • Using a rag scrub the inside of the pan
  • Wipe out any leftover salt and let the pan cool

How to save a rusty cast iron pan:

  • Scour the pan with a plastic scouring pad
  • Wash in hot soapy water
  • Rinse well
  • Dry thoroughly with a towel or on a burner on low heat
  • Re-season

Excerpts from The Cast Iron Cookbook

About Whitney Johansson

This blog is created by Whitney Johansson, a Nutritionist, Western Herbalist, and a believer in moderation, reckless abandon, bountiful joy, PBS, the wonders of good soil, blueberries, and feeling at home in our bodies. View all posts by Whitney Johansson

2 responses to “Cleaning Cast Irons & Saving a Rusty Cast Iron Pan

  • Barbara Cavanagh

    Greetings Whitney,
    I recently watched your youtube clip on making nettle tea and want to find the book you referred to called “Herbal Medicine” but didn’t catch the author’s name. Would love to get the isbn number. Can you tell me?

    • Whitney Gerschke Johnson, Nutritionist

      Hello Barbara, I am long overdue on this response, but the book is Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth by Sharol Tilgner and the ISBN #is as follows (there are 2 apparently ISBN-10: 1881517020
      ISBN-13: 978-1881517023. I hope that helps!

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