I want to use my mom's cast iron skillet which she used primarily for frying chicken but the lid is sealed/rusted/won't come off from the skillet. How can I get this lid off without breaking it?

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    Welcome to Seasoned Advice! ;-) This is more of a Home Improvement question than a cooking question, but if it's an enamelled cast iron pot you might try submerging it upside-down in a battery acid solution overnight. (Use gloves!)
    – Fabby
    Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 22:13

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There is a product called Naval Jelly that is designed to remove rust from metal items. Its available in our area at most hardware stores. Menards has it. Use a toothbrush to work the jelly in between the lid and the skillet and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. It literally changes the rust into a water-soluable paste that you can wipe away with a clean, wet cloth. Then you will be able to season your skillet (and lid) so it can be usable again. Hope this works for you.

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    And for seasoning (and possibly further stripping) cast iron pans, see : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/641/67
    – Joe
    Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 0:29
  • Thanks Joe! I haven't learned how to reference previous answers yet.
    – GloriaZ
    Commented Nov 25, 2018 at 5:12
  • At the bottom of the question or answer you want to reference, there will be a 'share' link, which will give you a URL that you can copy and paste into another question / answer / comment.
    – Joe
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 13:13

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