A cast iron pan can last a lifetime. But sometimes, when I see them in the store, they look like garbage. What’s so great about them is that they’re very low maintenance. They don’t want to go in the dishwasher, they don’t even really want to be washed with soap. When properly seasoned (the process that creates the pan’s surface), all you usually have to do is wipe clean with a paper towel. If a cast iron pan gets too much love, they get rusty. Don’t give up if your cast iron pan looks bad. It’s really a very simple process to season it, and bring it back to life.
We bought this cast iron pan at a swap meet. It’s Lodge brand (made in the USA) and we got it for $5. In it’s original state, it looks like the most it could be used for is a door stop. By following these simple steps, I had this cast iron skillet looking new in no time.