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Old 05-21-2009, 01:52 PM   #11
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Also if you have one of those comercial torches you may just burn the rust of.

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Old 05-22-2009, 09:17 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Able Hands View Post
I know it may sound odd, but it works like a charm. Do a Google search for "Remove rust with potatos". It will result in many hits. I have not done this myself yet but I do know it works from pictures I have seen.

The jist of it is to cut up a few spuds and put them in water. Submerge the item that needs to have the rust removed, and wait about two weeks. Takes a while but all reports are that it takes the rust off. Clean up your pan afterwards, and season as normal.

Very Interesting! I'll probably try this also! Ill report back how it works out!

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Another "odd" one. Once you have it cleaned up, once in awhile put it on medium high heat with some kosher (or other course) salt. Heat the salt and then remove the pan from the heat, take a dry scrubber and work the salt into the pan and wipe it out. You can even save the salt for a few uses. It will be grey, but that is okay. I learned this in my apprenticeship. Use it all the time on cast iron and french steel.

It doesn't take all the char off (a good thing) but removed impurities and moisture that can cause bacteria and rust. Be sure to re season the pan after.
I remember thats what my mom used to do with her skillets, and they where always shiny and pretty!

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Also if you have one of those comercial torches you may just burn the rust of.
Unfortunately I cant be trusted with uncontrolled fire, thats why my grilling priviledges have been revoked at the house! Maybe Ill let my dad try! lol

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Old 05-22-2009, 11:27 AM   #13
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I have a bucket of playground sand that I use to scrub rust off of my cast iron grill rack. I just plop the sand onto it and use a rag to scrub. It worked on a nice carbon steel wok I found at a garage sale too.

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