Cooking Tips | 29 December 2016How to Reclaim a Cast Iron Skillet Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Typically, when you have questions about topics ranging from “how do I invest my money” to “how do I make the perfect scrambled eggs,” you turn to a wide range of sources. You seek out tips, advice, how-to guides, and maybe even your know-it-all older sister. Great news, reader: now you can turn to Erin La Rosa and her upcoming new book, Womanskills, for insights into real-life questions about home DIY, culinary wizardry, professional development, financial how-tos, creative projects, and more. Mix a perfect mojito; find a stud in the wall; be a stellar maid of honor; understand the stock market; ace a job interview; negotiate your next raise; and generally impress yourself. Check out this tip on how to reclaim a cast iron skillet that has seen better days. How to Reclaim a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet Cast iron skillets are tough. Heck, they forded the river on the Oregon Trail (the real one, not just the video game), and now they’re practically living a life of leisure in your cabinet. But that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. If, for example, you’re in a rush to get back to watching Netflix and accidentally leave that skillet to soak in water overnight, put it through the dish washer, or try to wash it with soap, well… Good luck not crying over the rust you’ll see come morning. While rust can be a little unsettling, it isn’t the end of your cast iron. If your oven has a self-cleaning setting, simply put the skillet in the oven, and by the end of the cycle all of the rust will have turned to ash. Voila! If you don’t have that option, though, all you need is white vinegar, water, and a heavy duty scrubbing brush (a copper pad, for example). Let the pan soak in a mixture of half vinegar, half water, for up to six hours depending on the level of rust. Once it’s done soaking, take your scrubbing brush and get to work. Either when the rust is all gone, or your arms simply can’t scrub any longer, you should stop. No matter how you de-rust, make sure to re-season the pan once the rust is gone—coat it with lard, vegetable shortening, or bacon grease and then bake it in the oven at 220 degrees. A little tough love and your cast iron will be back to normal and ready to face the elements on the Oregon Trail once more. Let’s just hope you don’t lose any oxen. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: From prim and proper to down and dirty, learn everything from scrambling eggs and hanging curtains to acing a job interview (and shaking the perfect cocktail to celebrate). Womanskills is like a know-it-all best-friend that you actually like. Inside, you’ll find helpful techniques and tips for cooking, money matters, style, relationships, home improvement, and more. It can help you with advice for meeting the parents or choosing a wedding dress. You can turn to it when you get the itch to DIY a new wine rack or chalkboard wall. Or you can flip through to answer those nagging questions like, you know, “why do my houseplants keep dying?” While you’ll find plenty of woman-to-woman information (fitting a bra, dealing with blisters from your shoes, and plucking eyebrows to name a few), you’ll also find skills not traditionally thought of as “girly,” but nevertheless quite useful: learn how to grill a perfect steak, locate a stud in the wall, pick the perfect loan, or snake a drain. Whether you’re headed to a birthday party and need to wrap that odd-shaped present in a hurry or you need a download on whiskey before book club, Womanskills has you covered. Erin La Rosa is a writer and performer living in Los Angeles. She received her MA in writing from the University of Southern California and a BA in fiction from Emerson College. Erin is the Deputy Editorial Director for BuzzFeed and frequently writes about the perils and triumphs of being a redhead, along with her love of whiskey, being an introvert, and various TV shows she’s obsessed with. Before BuzzFeed, she worked for the comedy websites Funny or Die and MadAtoms, as well as E!s Fashion Police, Wetpaint, and Ecorazzi. Storytelling has always been a passion for Erin, and she has performed in such storytelling series as MORTIFIED, “Funny but True” at the LA Times Book Festival, and Sunday Night Sex Talks. Her fiction has been published on Storychord and Funny or Die. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.