Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: dutch oven & other cast iron pots
Re: dutch oven & other cast iron pots
Blaine S Nay
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 01:33:50 -0800
On Thu, 22 Oct 1998 10:17:55 -0400 Jim Feuerbach
>The description in the macsouter about dutch ovens is terrific. But I
>could not find info on the steps to 'make useful again' a DO or
>cast iron skillet that has rust on it?
>Could someone point me in the right direction?
>Thanks, Jim Feuerbach, SM troop 67, Ravena, NY
I've always taken pride in returning a borrowed oven in better condition
than when I received it. I've restored several iron dutch ovens with two
1 - Scrape out heavy rust and loose gunk with a putty knife. If it has
burnable gunk (i e never cleaned) put the open oven upside-down in a fire
to burn out anything that will burn. Allow it to heat and cool gradually
as the fire builds and burns down to prevent cracking and warping.
(Warning: don't try to burn out gunk from an aluminum oven - you'll melt
2 - Then, clean out the rust by scrubbing with steel wool and/or
wet-or-dry sandpaper until they're rust-free. When it's shinney and
clean, wipe it with cooking oil and heat it in a 350-degree kitchen oven
to season it. (Aluminum ovens don't need seasoning) It's ready for use!
Blaine S Nay, Silverdale, Washington, USA
I used to be a Buffalo, SE-350-83
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