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One of the reasons that cast iron cookware is experiencing a boom in popularity is because it is extremely durable. So durable, in fact, that cast iron pieces can be restored, even when they’re completely rusted over. Follow the steps below to learn how to clean rusty cast iron to make it look like new.

How to Resurface Cast Iron Cookware

  1. Scrape the pan with steel wool until there are no more rust spots.
  2. Wash the cookware with warm, soapy water.
  3. Dry the piece completely. This is an important step that will keep new rust spots from appearing. First, dry with a cloth, then place it on a range burner and let the heat dry your pot or pan the rest of the way.
  4. Soak paper towels with cooking oil and use them to coat the inside of your cookware with a thin layer of oil.
  5. Place the cookware on the top rack of the oven, face down at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to put a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom rack to catch dripping oil. Leave the piece like this for an hour.
  6. Remove your pan from the oven and let it cool. It’s now ready to use!