ASK YUMMY: How do I prevent my cast iron pan from rusting?

Care for your cast iron pans the right way!

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                        Cast iron pan

Q:
I use my cast iron griddle and sizzling plate a lot but I notice they rust easily. How do I take care of them and prevent rusting?

A: To prevent rusting, cast iron pans must be properly seasoned or cured before using them for the first time. To season, lightly coat the entire pan with cooking oil or shortening. Heat the pan in a preheated 350ºF oven for 1 hour then let pan cool to room temperature. Oil permeates the pores of the metal and inhibits water from seeping through—so no rust!


To maintain your cast iron pan, briefly wash (never soak) it in dishwashing soap and water. Dry with a towel then heat your pan on the stove for 1 to 2 minutes until bone dry. Coat it lightly with oil while the pan is still hot. Store it covered in paper towels to absorb any moisture.


Photography by Miguel Nacianceno


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