If the iron wok is rusted, can it still be used?

Why does the wok rust?

Wok pans are generally made of iron and carbon steel. We all know that metal surfaces rust when they get wet. Whether it is a cast iron pot, wrought iron wok, or carbon steel wok, it will rust if it is not wiped dry after cleaning. Only non-stick or stainless steel frying pans will not rust.

Will a rusted wok still be used? Will it affect health?

Rusty wok, rust is iron oxide. Iron oxide is not poisonous, but it is not edible, after all, it is not food. The wok is rusted, as long as the rust on the wok is removed, it can continue to be used, and the wok with the rust removed will not affect the health of the body.

How to remove rust from a wok?

Removing rust is a cure for the symptoms, but more importantly, to prevent the wok from rusting.

First, let’s talk about how to remove rust. If it’s just rusted, it can be easily wiped off with a steel wool. If it has been rusted for a while, first use a steel ball to wipe off all the rust that can be wiped off, and carefully wipe off the rust that is difficult to handle with fine sandpaper. Then wash the wok completely with soapy water and clean the wok with hot water. Dry with kitchen paper or a dry absorbent cloth. Because water is the main culprit in causing rust in the wok. Then dry the wok over low heat, making sure the wok stays dry.

Secondly, let’s talk about how to prevent the wok from rusting. After this step is done, the trouble of rusting the wok will be avoided. After using the wok, it is best not to use detergent to clean it, just use warm water to clean it. Clean the food residue in the pan with warm water and dry the wok over low heat. Coat the oil-absorbing paper with cooking oil, heat the wok over low heat, and carefully smear the oil-absorbing paper in the wok with cooking oil. Then store the wok in a cool, dry place. In this way, the moisture in the air can be isolated from the contact with the wok, which greatly reduces the rust.

So, rust is no big deal. In fact, as long as it is properly cleaned and maintained after use, the wok can be kept in top shape.

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