Removing rust from an old wok
I just inherited an old wok that was stored away in an attic. It’s a beautiful wok, but there was some pretty serious rust on it. I was able to scrub most of the rust, but there is still a good amount of residue on the pan (. What’s the best way to get it off?
soak in vinegar/water in a bucket until it’s clean. Wash immediately with baking soda/water. Re-season ASAP with canola – coat with oil and get it hot enough to smoke (fairly heavily) and hold it there for a few minutes.
The vinegar removes the rust, the baking soda neutralizes the vinegar to prevent flash rusting, and the seasoning protects the surface.
This is bad idea if the rust goes deep into the pan. You’ll basically ruin it and it will end up with holes after a few uses
FYI a new one is only $20 http://www.boscovs.com/shop/prod/joyce-chen-carbon-steel-wok-14/110596.htm?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CSE&utm_term=110596&utm_content=Home+%3E+Kitchen+%3E+Cookware+%3E+Joyce+Chen+Cookware&utm_campaign=CSE&cid=CSE:Google
So I wouldnt go out and spend money on steel wool/cleaning supplies. But if you already have brillo pads or steel wool just rub all the rust and debris off and then reseason.
$20 for a carbon steel flat bottom not bad! I tried researching in the past and many reviews weren’t favorable. OP give this a shot and take good care of it.
If it’s badly pitted then there isn’t much of anything you can do. Other than that just hit it with sandpaper. You are going to have to reseason it anyway so you may as well start with a clean slate.