Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
First, never use olive oil. Only Crisco, peanut or lard.
I have seen Lodge pans dug up from the dirt and restored to perfect. A Lodge pan can always be restored to good working condition. And it sounds as though your pan can use a ground up restoration. Remove everything on the inside (bottom and sides) with steel wool starting with 0 and then go to 0000. Ignore the outside unless the rust bothers you, then brush it off with a stiff brush.
Wash and dry, coat the inside lightly with Crisco or Crisco oil and in the oven at 450F for a couple of hours. Remove, wash with water, dry and repeat. And, as was said above, use it for everything until it has its nice seasoned glaze back.
BTW, for scorched on meat residue, use a flat steel spatula (no abrasives or soaps) and scrape if all off until flat. Then wash with water as usual, lightly coat with oil and off you go.
03 Rubicon; 99 xj with too much stuff to list; Unimog 406 (gone)