it is not a big deal. I would rather add a little iron to my diet than a little Teflon."for its intended purpose" - so yes I want to use it to grind meat
I soaked it in white vinegar overnight. Didn't remove much rust although there wasn't too much to begin with. Planning to wash it once in dishwasher and see how it looks afterwards.
Is there a way to season it similar to how cast iron skillets are seasoned?
And am I crazy or is it true that, unlike a lot of other stuff, rust is actually not particularly bad if a bit of it gets into meat? That is, if a bit of rust remains and it gets removed by the meat it's not the end of the world?