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I found a dutch oven that is total rust......but only a yr. old..... how do I clean alllllll that rust so I can re-oil it???
I have had luck with a green scotchbrite pad on an old cast iron frying pan. Scrubbed all the rust out, then re-seasoned it in an oven.
If rust is thicker I would suggest sticking the dutch oven in a campfire's coals for 20 minutes or so, then scrubbing after it cools with scotchbrite pad, or a wirebrush wheel in your drill.
If the cooking surface is badly pitted, then all bets are off though.
I don't know about a Dutch oven but I do know that SOS pads work well on Iron skillets. If its only a yr old then it shouldn't be pitted to bad unless its had salt or some kind reaction to a mineral it was exposes to. The grease these days has no trans fat in them so I use bacon grease so they will cure better than the waterd down no trans fat grease, unknown sorces forces on us. Funny how long my grandparents lived on transfat, make me wonder if we might need it more than higher powers thinks.
Scotch bright pads will def. clean it up. Get as much rust off as possible. Make sure u Season it. Bacon grease works really well,like mentioned above or if you can get some lard,n. After that keep it clean, and re-season after each use. Veg. oil at the least.
all the above. campfire,brillo pad,then sos pad,then lard.good as new!!!!!!!
I've heard about putting them in a campfire and then using steel wool. Here's a tip for after you get it cleaned up. After cooking in them before you wash it turn your oven on to about 350, when the oven gets to the temp turn it off then put your wet iron skillet or dutch oven in the oven this will dry it without it rusting. Then just rub some bacon grease or lard or whatever in it. Worked for my great grandma, grandma, mom, who told me and I told my wife. Never had an iron skillet rust yet and I've got some that were my grandmothers
You can soak it in Coca-Cola and then scrub it with a brillo pad. Afterwards, coat it inside and out with Crisco, turn it upside down and bake it in an oven at 400 degrees F until it stops smoking. I love using my dutch oven for my recipes.
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It's worth the effort to clean the rust off, then oil it.
Remove all rust as per what the other people said. Drying it in the oven like rlowe357 said is good.
Cover it completely with a thin to medium coat of Crisco or something like that and bake it upside down in the oven at 250 degrees for about 1-1/2 hours with a pan under it to catch the drippings.
The first thing you should cook in it is something greasy, bacon, something like that.
Clean after use
Never use soap to clean it, the soap will take the Crisco out of the cast iron that you put in when you seasoned it. I use a plastic scowering pad and warm water.
To store any cast iron cooking equipment, coat it with a thin coat of mineral oil, it is edible and it will not turn rancid like vegetable oil or Crisco.
good advice, Crisco works but lard or bacon grease is even better
clean it with hot water over a campfire and steel wool
so season for the first time, preheat oven to 450 and wash with hot water. put in ovenupside down for 10 min. take out of oven and let cool-turn oven down to 300. lightly coat with crisco or another form of fat or oil. put in oven upside down for 1 hour i might smell really bad but thats ok. wipe off excess grease. store with paper towels to soak up any moisture.
do not use anything that contains soap of any kind ever. scrub it with a chore boy and hot water, put it on the stove top under medium heat until it's dry then put a tblspn of vegetable oil in it after you turn the heat off and rub it in w/ a folded up paper towel. clean it by covering the bottom w/ a half inch of salt and cook it on the stovetop till the edge of the salt turns brown then put it under a running faucet of hot water...watch your appendages and kids/animals when doing this part. this will bubble all the cooked on crud off. then dry off under heat and oil. I've got two i use several times a week, used to use everyday when i was single, that are from my grandma and she was born in 1897. I clean them w/ salt, hot water and chore boy procedure then oil and never had an issue after 20 years of my own use.
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