Dutch Oven Cleanup

Alright, I need all your best Dutch Oven recipes!

I’ve been a fan of cast iron cooking for quite a while, but had never invested in a Dutch Oven.

Some friends of ours moved to Texas today and left a couple of things behind, including this Dutch Oven. It’s a very nice 8 quart Dutch Oven, but it hadn’t been used in a while. So, here’s the cleanup process!

Here’s the top view. You can see some rust and dirt inside and on the lid.

A slightly dirty dutch oven
A slightly dirty dutch oven

The bottom was a bit worse, but the pan is still solid. The rust is just on the outside.

I used my angle grinder with wire cup brush on it for most of the work, although I did use a random orbital palm sander for some work on the flat surfaces. This is one project where having an angle grinder really made a huge difference. If I had to sand these by hand, I don’t think I would’ve done it.

A rusty bottomed dutch oven
A rusty bottomed dutch oven

Hey, that’s looking pretty good! I’ve seen some cast iron restorations that get the metal nearly reflective, but I stopped when it got to be a glossy dull grey with darker black speckles.

The cup brush couldn’t reach into the handle hook areas so I used a smaller twisted wire brush bit in my drill. For the angle grinder work I had the dutch oven just sitting on the ground, but for the drill work I clamped it to my table-saw table.

Using a wire brush bit to get some smaller places
Using a wire brush bit to get some smaller places

As soon as it was all scrubbed off I wiped it down well and moved on to seasoning it.

I disconnected the smoke alarms, cranked up the oven and slathered on the Crisco. I put the oven up to 500 degrees. Here it is, heating up.

Heating up the dutch oven with shortening on it
Heating up the dutch oven with shortening on it

As soon as the oven hit 500 I turned it off and left the Dutch Oven in there until it was mostly cool.

I then used some paper towels to wipe off the bit of remaining liquid shortening. Hey, that Dutch Oven is looking pretty respectable again!

The seasoned dutch oven body
The seasoned dutch oven body

That seasoning and some regular use should keep the rust off for a while!

The seasoned dutch oven lid
The seasoned dutch oven lid

The grinding/cleaning part of the project probably took about 90 minutes in all. Well worth it.

If we can get a couple of days in a row, the temperatures are just right to do a fire in our fire pit and we’ll be able to test this thing out!

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2 Responses to Dutch Oven Cleanup

  1. Dave Whiting says:

    Bon trabalho! Have you tried out the oven yet? There is nothing like some good dutch oven BBQ ribs and cheesy potatoes.

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