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Cast iron rust

Do you have a reddish brown deposit on your cast iron pan? Then it has unfortunately started to rust. Below we explain how to combat the unwanted rust, and get back to cooking your favourite meals in no time.

Cast iron pans are renowned for their useful properties. They are durable, retain heat well and do not have a chemical stick coating. Ideal, but this makes these pans more prone to rusting. It would be a shame to throw them away, because, more often than not, the rust can still be removed.

How do you remove rust from a cast iron pan?

Attention: the following is only applicable for removing rust from raw cast iron pans! 
What you need:

• Fine steel wool;
• Washing up liquid;
• A brush or abrasive sponge;
• Tea towel or kitchen roll;

To remove the rust:

1. First, remove the largest rust spots. This can be done with the fine steel wool. Do this only until the bare cast iron is visible again; 

2. Wash the pan with warm water, a mild washing up liquid and a sponge;

3. Dry well with kitchen roll or a tea towel and then grease with a thin layer of vegetable oil; 

How to avoid rust in the future

Of course, prevention is always better than cure. Wash your cast iron pan well with warm water, a mild washing up liquid and a sponge. This kind of pan should never be put in the dishwasher! Always dry well and grease with a thin layer of oil. It will start to rust again quickly if not dried thoroughly before being put away.

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