Sunday, September 21, 2014

DIY: Reconditioning Cast Iron

At his "other job", Brian often comes across perfectly good items in need of a little TLC in the trash. With a little elbow "grease", literally, you can turn a rusty old cast iron pan into a like-new cooking machine!

Reconditioning  old cast iron pots and pans is simple, and can save you hundreds of dollars! Keep an eye out for them at garage sales or thrift stores. Properly seasoned and cared for, they are just as non-stick as teflon pans, without the toxic fumes and will last a lifetime!


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. First, scrub the pan with a scouring pad to remove surface rust. You may need steel wool for more neglected items. Scrub until majority of surface rust has been removed and dry thoroughly. Next, rub entire surface with a light coating of lard and sprinkle garlic powder into the pan. Place the pan into the oven for 60 minutes. Allow the pan to cool and repeat the process. The pan will become blackened and is now ready to use!

Once pan is "seasoned", do not wash it with water and dish soap, but rather wipe the pan out with a paper towel or dishrag while it is warm.