How Do I Clean Rust on Baking Pans?

Dear Cleaning Lady: I have had my trusty 9 x 13 brownie pan forever and I am noticing some rust spots. Is this dangerous? Can I clean off the rust or should I toss it? Thanks! Brownie Baker Dear BB: Don't toss the pan but definitely get rid of the rust before you bake with it again. Here's how: 1. Rinse the pan and shake it dry - do not wipe with a towel because you want it to be slightly damp. 2. Dust it lightly with baking soda (it should stick because of the remaining water), making sure you cover the spots that are rusting. 3. Leave the dusted pans for about half an hour. 4. Clean the pan gently with a scourer making sure you get rid of all the rust leaving just the exposed metal underneath. 5. Rinse the pan to get rid of all the baking soda and towel dry it. 6. To make sure your pan doesn't rust again coat it with cooking oil. Tips:
  • The pans build up a layer of oil, so don't panic if there is some residue.
  • Follow the steps above once or twice a year to avoid rust.
  • Skip the dishwasher if you want to avoid rust and just clean the pans lightly after use.