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Remove rust from an iron skillet?

I bought a new cast-iron skillet a few weeks ago. After coming into contact with salt water before I even got a chance to use it, a fair amount of rust appeared. What's the easiest way to get it off? I want to start seasoning it.
posted by jshare on Sep 2, 2014 - 16 answers

Advanced Home Cooks--What's on Your Wishlist? (Assuming You Were Good!)

Cooking is probably my main hobby these days. And, as a late-thirties professional, I have a fully outfitted kitchen. I'm being asked for gift ideas for Christmas, and I think I'll probably limit myself to 1) whisky and 2) stuff for the kitchen. Fellow advanced home cooks with fully stocked kitchens, what's on your wishlist this holiday season? Not looking for gimmicky stuff; rather something I'd actually use for years to come. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 25, 2013 - 53 answers

The microwave is dead! Long live the pot rack!

Pot Racks! I would like to buy one, but I have questions! [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Oct 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I go coocoo for Coocan?

I have an opportunity to buy Coocan Korean cookware. Should I give them a go? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Aug 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Give me tips to shop for used pots and pans.

Give me tips to shop for used pots and pans. [more inside]
posted by bq on Mar 25, 2012 - 21 answers

What are your kitchen essentials?

Let's say you're starting from scratch and outfitting a minimalist kitchen. What do you buy? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Dec 4, 2011 - 35 answers

Is there anything wrong with stains on stainless steel pans?

Are there non-aesthetic (e.g. health, cooking efficiency) reasons for removing stains from my stainless steel pans?
posted by long on Sep 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Teflon fume inhalation

My nonstick pan was on the range when I meant to heat up something else, but I accidentally turned on the wrong burner. It was smoking when I came back 10 minutes later (!!). I inadvertently inhaled some of the fumes as I shut off the range and turned on the ventilation fan. Should I be worried about what I just inhaled? [more inside]
posted by indubitable on Jul 4, 2011 - 14 answers

What kind of pots resist a rough cook?

I'm considering buying a set of pots for someone who is very tough on his cookware. What kind of pots will best stand up to abuse? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Nov 29, 2010 - 25 answers

Manually smooth Cast Iron Pans?

My Cast Iron Pan isn't like Grandma's: Help! [more inside]
posted by Marky on Mar 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Not so stainless after all, Mr. "All-Clad"

I am the proud new owner of an All-Clad 12" skillet. It's awesome. However, after a week—and four uses or so—my new pan has greasy-looking spots in the cooking surface that won't come off even when I scrub pretty vigorously. What is this? Is there anything I can do about it? Is it even a problem?
posted by sonic meat machine on Mar 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Getting seriously carbonized milk out off of a pan?

My wife burned -- and I do mean burned -- some breastmilk she was scalding in a saucepan for long-term storage. What's the easiest way to the science experiment out of the bottom of the pan? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Feb 19, 2010 - 24 answers

Can I un-non-stick my pan?

So I've got a Calphalon One non-stick fry pan, and the non-stick coating is starting to disintegrate. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Oops on Nov 12, 2009 - 11 answers

Greener cookware recommendations?

Can you recommend greener cookware (preferably not cast iron)? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Nov 6, 2009 - 17 answers

My eggs puddle and burn.

What kind of frying pan should I get? [more inside]
posted by Northwest on Sep 4, 2009 - 21 answers

Bake my duck

I have a Wilton Panda cake pan, similar to this. However, the two sides don't appear to directly fit together (ie. with no gaps between the two). How can I make sure batter doesn't leak out of the pan? And what about other 3-D pans like this - I imagine greaseproof paper won't work in the same way a springform tin will.
posted by mippy on Apr 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Are scratched pots/pans safe?

At what point do I throw out slightly scratched pans/woks? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Feb 13, 2009 - 18 answers

stainless cooking

I am transitioning to a Calphalon stainless cooking set, but everything is sticking to the pans, despite much olive oil. What are some tricks from moving from teflon/non-stick to stainless steel on a gas range?
posted by plexi on Sep 28, 2008 - 22 answers

Copper pans and electric heat, do they mix?

Can I use my three-ply (out-middle-inner) copper-aluminum-stainless steel pots and pans on an electric range? Will it mess them up?
posted by aussicht on Jan 30, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me make a tall cheesecake.

Where can I find a 5- to 6-inch deep springform pan? [more inside]
posted by tihleigh on Jan 24, 2008 - 10 answers

Doing The Unstuck

Thanks to my own stupidity, I managed to get two saucepans stuck one inside the other, with the lower one apparently containing a cavity of lower pressure holding the upper pan in place. Is there any way to get them apart without causing injury or property damage? [more inside]
posted by dw on Dec 5, 2007 - 30 answers

Cookware and Cancer

Non-Stick pans and Cancer. I'm afraid to use my flaking teflon pans because of the cancer risk that I have heard rumor of. What is the safest, healthiest cookware to buy? [more inside]
posted by boots77 on Dec 1, 2007 - 50 answers

Something's burning....something's burning...(and I think it's my eggs!)

I have a nice All-Clad 8" skillet in which I made a tasty grilled cheese sandwich the other night. Now, the burned butter around the edges won't come off... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Sep 25, 2007 - 17 answers

I weep for my pan

In a moment of epic dumbassery, I turned on the wrong burner this morning and managed to melt part of a spatula to an $80 calphalon fry pan. If it wasn't coated, I'd just use steel wool. Is there any way to get the melted plastic off? How fucked am I? Can I heat it up again? If so, how should I do it?
posted by klangklangston on Sep 14, 2007 - 14 answers

How often do you replace your nonstick pans?

How often should you / do you replace your non-stick pans? [more inside]
posted by synapse on Jun 21, 2007 - 25 answers

Where can I find a cast iron skillet with a removable metal handle?

I want to cook delicious things without needing the bulging biceps necessary to move a laden skillet from oven to stove. Help! [more inside]
posted by bomboleco on Feb 15, 2006 - 18 answers

Williams-Sonoma makes me feel funny.

I need to step up my capability to cook for myself. To motivate myself I want to get new pots and pans, but only the essentials. I'm guessing that I probably need two pots and two sautee pans. Oh, and probably a decent chef's knife. Anything else? Any recommended brands I should look for? Practicality and affordability are key.
posted by patgas on Nov 10, 2005 - 53 answers

Tasty yummy eggy things!

I want to make delicious crepes and omelets! What are your favorite fillings and combinations, and what's the best pan to use? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean on Sep 14, 2005 - 32 answers

Cleaning burned pans

Best way to clean/restore good-quality copper/stainless sauce pans that have been burned on the stove-top, have heavy, rock-hard encrustations of charcoal-ized food inside and blackened bottoms? Several heavy soaking/scrubbing sessions haven’t done it.
posted by dpcoffin on Sep 8, 2005 - 25 answers

Cake pans too small!

Cake emergency! Bakers please hope me! It's my husband's birthday, and I want to actually make him a cake for a change, but I can't find cake pans where I am for some reason... So, I finally got hold of a couple of pans that look like they might do, but they aren't the right size... [more inside]
posted by taz on Apr 16, 2005 - 19 answers

Hanging Pots from Ductwork

We want to hang our pots and pans from the HVAC ductwork on our kitchen. We're thinking strong magnetic hooks. [mi] [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 28, 2004 - 4 answers

Cleaning stainless steel cookware

I just got some new stainless steel cookware, and now I have some (grease?) gunk stuck on the bottom of my frying pan, along with a yellowish hue, likely from mildly overheating the bare pan while cooking. I tried soaking it for a few hours in water and soap, and scrubbing really hard with a plastic scouring pad, all to no avail. How do I get it clean? Steel-wool? Different soaking? Special cleanser? Other?
posted by The Michael The on Jan 16, 2004 - 13 answers

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