Don’t get rid of that burned pot or skillet just yet! With this quick and easy six-step method, you can restore burned cookware to like-new condition.
Whether you’re caramelizing onions, boiling a sweet fruit jam, or baking handmade biscuits, leaving the pot or pan unattended and allowing it to overheat may rapidly transform your culinary masterpiece into a burned dinner or dessert. Worse than eating a charcoaled or extra-crispy entrée is cleaning up the charred mess of stuck-on food left in the pot, saucepan, or baking sheet used to cook it. Although there are commercial solvents that claim to clean burned pans, some of them might introduce toxins into your cooking or even harm the delicate surface of your stainless steel or ceramic cookware.
Fortunately, using natural home items and this advice on how to clean burned pans, you can safely clean charred pots and pans, extend the life of your cookware, and, most importantly, go back to cooking!
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How To Clean Burnt Pans
Step 1: Turn off the heat and let the burned pans or pots cool fully before touching them. Then, using a wooden spoon, gently scrape off and throw away any large, loose food particles from the cookware.
Step 2 With just the burned debris remaining in the pans, set them on the cold burner and fill each with a cup of water and white vinegar. You want the burned food waste to be completely immersed in liquid. Continue to add water and vinegar in equal parts to bigger pans where the food stain is still visible until the liquid covers the whole area of the spots.
Turn on the stove burners and quickly bring the water-vinegar combination to a boil. Allow 10 minutes for the solution to boil. Then, remove the pans from the heat and place them on a cold surface. (If your countertop is vulnerable to heat damage, set these pans on individual trivets.)
Step 3 Add two teaspoons of baking soda to each pan to be cleaned while the water-vinegar solution is still hot. The solution will begin to bubble, indicating that the chemical interaction of the two useful home cleansers is dissolving any burned residue in the pans. However, while baking soda is rough on food residue, it is a mild abrasive that will not harm the bottom of your stainless steel or ceramic cookware.
If your pans have especially tenacious stains that the boiling procedure did not significantly remove, add up to one tablespoon extra baking soda to each.
While baking soda is okay to use on stainless steel or ceramic cookware, alkaline-based cleaning agents such as baking soda should never be used on anodized aluminum cookware because it might react badly with the pan coating. If you’re cleaning aluminum pans, skip this step and go straight to Step 4.
Step 4 Pour the vinegar-water solution from the pans into the sink. Baking soda, unlike specialist cleansers that include chemicals, is natural and safe for ingestion, thus tiny amounts of extra baking soda will not harm you if cooked into your next meal. However, you don’t want to leave the water-vinegar solution in the pan for too long since stainless steel pans, in particular, are prone to hard water stains.
Step 5 Collect a soft sponge or a non-scratch scouring pad and clean the discoloured areas slowly and carefully. Steel wool or any metal scouring pad should not be used on your pans since their abrasive texture can scratch or damage your stainless steel or enamel cookware with repeated use.
The food residue should easily come off pots and pans with a sponge and a little elbow grease. If any tenacious residue remains, sprinkle a pinch of baking soda over the affected area and firmly scrub it for up to a minute to remove it. Your cookware will be polished and given a lovely sheen thanks to the baking soda.
Step 6: Rinse the clean pans with cold water to remove any loose food particles. Then, before storing, allow them to thoroughly dry.
To avoid burning fussy foods in the future, keep a close check on them and use a kitchen timer. If a cooking mishap occurs, you now have a tried-and-true method for cleaning things up.
The approach described above is effective for cleaning burnt pans, but did you know that Coca-Cola can also be used? Check out our video below to learn more.