I cook with almost exclusively cast iron, the exception being boiling water. My cast iron skillets never fail to serve me well, and once you get a cook season, it's even more amazing to work with.
So, recognizing that it was about time that the cast iron pot came back to life, I bust out my wire brush attachment for the drill, and I went to town. Even Chris got in on some of the fun. The pot was in rough shape, but with some negotiating, it came nice and clean.
Once I was done scouring with the drill, I wiped it down with a dry rag and gave it a drink of peanut oil. I used peanut oil only because it was handy. I threw it in a hot oven and let it bake for a time (maybe an hour), and pulled it out once it was almost cool to the touch.
I gave it another wipe down with olive oil while it was warm enough to handle for just a minute or two. Once it got a thorough rub-down, I let it alone.
Here's to the resurrection of a pot that almost ended up as a foot stool for the rest of its life!
Enjoy some photos from the process:
|What I started with.|
|The interior, straight out of the garage.|
|The interior, right after the final seasoning|
|The exterior prior to seasoning (I brightened up the photo because it was a little dark)|
|Exterior shot after second seasoning|
|Just before going into the oven, after the first season|
|Underside of the lid before any work|
|The beautiful bottom, after the second seasoning|