Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Cast Iron Curse

One night, after entertaining for many hours and sending the last guest home, I tackled the dreaded mess in the kitchen. At the party I had served a beautiful on-the-go kind of meal, and used a cast iron skilled to mix together a delicious goat cheese and tomato sauce spread. I didn’t want to leave it sitting there till morning, so I got to work.

Of course, with a few too many glasses of wine in my system, washing dishes was probably not the best idea. Luckily, I made it through all the plates without incident, applauded myself, and went to bed. So, in the morning, I entered my kitchen expecting to find my dishes spotless. But sadly, that was not the case. Instead, I found my once black cast iron dishes now covered in large orange spots.

Panicked, I called my mom and she calmly told me to pour salt on the orange spots and then rub them with a damp cloth. Just like that, the rust was gone (although now it was all over my towel!). Lesson learned! Next time, I’ll dry my dishes thoroughly.

Happy Cooking! Mary