$5.00 & elbow grease
OK, so this morning my GF comes home with a box of cooking utensil's, bowls, pans etc. And to my surprise 5 cast iron pieces. A bread pan, biscuit pan, dutch oven, 8" fry pan and a 12" fry pan. Now what was really cool was, she payed $5 bucks for all of them. What wasn't so cool was that they were a mess, I mean a real mess. I know for a fact that they weren't used in over 6 years. They really looked disgusting! Gunk, rust, dried out and down right ugly. I knew I had my work cut out for me.
I started by scraping all the gunk etc, Then filled the sink with hot soapy water and vinegar to soak. Next I washed them out with steel wool to rid the rust, or what I thought would get rid of the rust. Not so. The next step was to put them through the cleaning cycle in the oven. You would think by this time, they would be clean, but no! Once cooled it was time to sand the rest of the rust off. Starting to look better after sanding, I re-washed with hot soapy water. Pre heated the oven to 300 and put on a thin coat of oil and into the oven for 2 hrs, let cool and repeated the process again. Yes, this was an all day affair, but worth it in the end. I'll follow up with some pics.