An Easier Way to Clean Up Old Cast Iron Cookware

by Chris on March 1, 2011

Easy Off Oven Cleaner1 An Easier Way to Clean Up Old Cast Iron CookwareI’m always looking around thrift stores and garage sales for deals on old cast iron cookware. A lot of those times when I do find a good deal, the cast iron is crusted and coated with years of grease and grime. In the past I’ve tried to use good old fashioned soap and water, a plastic scrubber, and a lot of elbow grease (followed by ibuprofen when I’m done.) After all that scrubbing and a sore arm, I’m usually wondering why I even bother.

But then one day I was watching HGTV and they were talking about old cast iron cookware. Much to my surprise, they recommended using Easy-Off Oven Cleaner. I would have thought that a chemical cleaner would be to harsh. But the host said that it was a great way to strip off the gunk. If you decide to give it a try, please do use the Easy-Off outside and make sure you have plenty of ventilation.

Of course, after cleaning with Easy-Off, you have to re-seal the cookware with oil and re-cure them. To me that’s a small price to pay to turn a dirty but good deal into a versatile piece of cookware that will outlast me.

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