Cast iron is a valuable tool in any natural kitchen. Use oil and salt when your pans need minor rust removal.
If you find a great piece at a thrift store or yard sale with years of caked on rust, don’t let that discourage you from grabbing the deal. Severely rusted pots and pans (with no cracks) can almost certainly be restored with vinegar.
Don’t forget to properly season your pans again once they are clean and always dry them completely in the oven if you ever do wash them with water.
Photo courtesy of David B. Moore via Phoenix Home & Garden.
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