How To Restore A Rusty Cast Iron Griddle Using A Ball Of Steel Wool

Is your cast iron griddle rusty? Don’t fret, you don’t need to buy a new one. Instead, I’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to restore your skillet and make it look new!

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Make Your Old Cast Iron Griddle Look Like New Again


  • Steel Wool
  • A mesh sponge or a scrubbing brush
  • Any cooking oil (avocado oil or vegetable oil is much preferred)
  • Pastry brush
  • An oven
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper towels

1. Take Off the Rust

Cast Iron Griddle Take Off the Rust

First of all, examine the skillet. Check all the spots and places where rust is present so you’ll know what to work on.

Using a ball of steel wool, scour the cast iron griddle to remove the rust until you see the iron cast underneath it.

2. Use Warm Water

Use Warm Water Cast Iron Griddle

After clearing most of the rust and gunk, wash the skillet with warm water then slowly add a bit of mild dish soap.

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Afterward, scrub the pan with a mesh sponge or bristle brush. Start scrubbing it lightly and add pressure as you go along.

3. Dry the Skillet

By this time, your cast iron griddle should look rust free. It’s not done yet at this point though. Dry it using a paper towel to get it ready for the next step.

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4. Coat With Oil

There are many types of cooking oil you can use for this part. One of the most effective is avocado oil or vegetable oil. Coat the pan with oil using a pastry brush.

Pour out the excess after. Make sure all the surface is coated and coat the bottom part if needed.

5. Heat It

Lay the aluminum foil in the bottom rack of the oven. Its purpose is to catch any excess oil that will drip from the skillet.

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Heat the oven to 350 degrees and put the pan inside. Bake it until it gets tacky then do it again until the tackiness goes away. It should look like new once you take it out of the oven.

6. Cool It

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Once it’s done let it cool for a while and let it rest. Once it cools down, you can use it and get started with cooking.

Watch this video from Our Half Acre Homestead and see how he restored a very rusty skillet and make it to look like a brand new pan:

It’s simple, right? Now you don’t have to throw that away, you can still use it for cooking. That’s why these cast iron griddles were made because it could last a lifetime. With proper care and maintenance, it can look brand new for a very long time.

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