I have the two piece cast iron chicken fryer that my mother used to use for everything. It’s one deep skillet, with another, shallower one that doubles as a lid. I think I washed that thing every night of my life for about 12 years growing up, and apparently Mom never heard about seasoning cast iron, since it went in with the rest of the dishes and got scoured when necessary.
All of which is just lead-in to this: I got the skillet when Mom died, and I didn’t have any place to store it. It sat around for a while, and then somehow got set out in the carport. Without going into details, my mental state was not so hot for a while and I neglected the poor thing out there, meaning to bring it in, but just not getting around to it. Well, you probably guessed it, it’s rusted. The bottom is pitted, and it just isn’t in good shape. It still seems to be solid, and I think the structure is okay, but the surface is bad. Is there any way to save it? Could it be, I don’t know, sanded down or something? I know that isn’t the right word, but you get the idea. I doubt I could find one as good now, at least for less than the cost of a small car, and besides, there’s a lot of sentimental value there. I don’t even know where to start looking for someone to do this. Help, please. I’m feeling guilty as heck here.