Letting your pan slowly pre-heat helps distribute heat evenly, avoids hot spots on your cooking surface, and avoids warping. One of the best woks you can purchase is made from carbon steel. Coat inside and outside of the pan with oil and bake at 475 for an hour in the oven. How to clean a carbon steel pan. I have an electric cook top and I cannot put it in the oven because of the silicone coating on the handle. I got two Matfer Bourgeat carbon steel pans, which come with a plasticy coating (that is supposedly beeswax, but doesn't seem like it. Seasoned carbon steel pans are right at home on any kitchen stovetop–induction, ceramic, electric, and gas — as well as in the oven, on the grill, or over a campfire. 2. Slice lemons or cut them up with some salt and place them in the bottom of a rusty pan, leaving it to sit overnight. As per the instructions, I ran the pans under very hot water and then rubbed with scrubber. Carbon steel conducts heat better and is less expensive than stainless steel. But once you try it a few times, it will become your ritual and take very little extra time. The downside is that carbon steel rusts very easily, but rust can easily be removed with salt and vegetable oil. Lemon to Remove Rust Citric acid can renew a rusty pan in a few ways. To clean the pan: Run hot tap water over the pan and use a wok brush to scrub the food residue. From a swish of lemon for light rings to an overnight treatment to remove rust with vinegar and baking soda, there are many ways to restore pots and pans that have been taken down by rust. Cleaning a carbon steel pan might look complicated. Always heat and cool your pan gradually. There are several types of woks available in stores. Removing Coating on Carbon Steel Pans? Remove the rust (if it's not much probably a scouring pad will do), then season the outside of the pan. You can (and should) remove the little silicone nub, the handle itself can take high temperatures but may discolour a bit. It’s easiest to clean a carbon steel pan when it’s still hot. First, bare carbon steel will rust if exposed to moisture and humidity; seasoning acts as a barrier to water, preventing the pan from rusting on a humid day. Hiracer Dec 1, 2014 07:17 PM I season my carbon steel pans the same way I do my cast iron. I season my carbon steel pans the same way I do my cast iron. The seasoning also boosts the pan's performance, giving it a nonstick surface that only modern Teflon-type coatings can beat.