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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Cleaning Corrosion from Tin-Plated Cookie Cutters


I always intend to do the right thing with my cookie cutters. But you know how it is. I get busy with something else entirely and my cutters just don't get the love they need.

Most of these older cookie cutters are tin-plate over steel. Over the years, the tin wears away in spots (usually the cutting edge), allowing a little rust to develop. In addition, tin actually tarnishes. My own cookie cutters can look like something I really don't want touching food. But I don't want to buy new ones to replace these old favorites, either.


So, what I do is buff the tarnish and rust right off, using a Scotch-brite pad (the other side of my kitchen sponge) and a paste of baking soda and water. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get the cutter clean enough to my satisfaction.

When cleaning up a cookie cutter, I focus on the cutting edge. It's this edge, that if rusty, can impart some really unlovely rust markings onto the cookie dough. Not a pretty sight.


After the corrosion has been buffed off, I wash the cutter in hot, soapy water and dry completely with a towel.


Finally, I use a small square of paper towel dipped in vegetable oil to give it a moisture-repellant coating. 

My cookie cutter is now ready to use.


The best way to take care of tin-plated cookie cutters is to wash in hot soapy water immediately after the last cookie cut-out. Rinse, shake dry, and put them into the oven after turning it off to completely dry all of the cracks and crevices of the cutters.



7 comments:

  1. I have never had a cookie cutter rust. I guess that shows you how much I used them. :)

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    1. Or maybe you just take better care of your cookie cutters than I do, Live and Learn.
      But I do use this particular one a lot, for more than just cookies.

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  2. It never occurred to me to put them in the oven to dry. What a great idea!

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    1. Hi Jenny,
      That was my mom's way of drying anything that could rust, like cast iron pans and tin-plated cookie cutters. A still-warm oven dries out all of the crevices very well.

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  3. Do I see heart shaped cookies in your future?

    Like Jenny, I wouldn't have thought of putting them in the oven to dry. :) Is there anything that baking soda can't do? It's such a helpful item in the kitchen.

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    1. Hi Kris,
      Or heart-shaped something. You'll see tomorrow.
      I agree, baking soda is one of the best cooking ingredients of which I use the most for non-cooking, like cleaning.

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  4. I have some of these over loved (and beloved)cookie cutters as well. Can't wait to try this to clean them up. Thanks!

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