I love to cook, but getting burnt food from pots and pans can be a tricky task. Tamara asks:
What’s the best way to clean super dirty pots and pans with burnt on food on the bottom?
There are a few different approaches to this task—it really depends on what kind of vessel you’re dealing with, and of course, how dirty the pot and/or pan is.
What You Need
- Dirty pot/pan/dish
- A few drops of dish soap
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- Cleaning toothbrush/double-sided sponge
For Stainless Steel Cookware
To start, add a few drops of dish soap to the dirty pan. Next, you’ll need to add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and fill the pan 1/4 of the way with water. Put the pan on high and let it simmer for a while. Once the pot has simmered for a few minutes, pour the hot liquid down the drain. Be careful, the pot will be super hot! Add another tablespoon of baking soda to the pan and use either the cleaning toothbrush or the double-sided sponge to scrape away stuck on grease. Rinse with water and enjoy your sparkly clean pan!
For Copper Cookware
Replace the baking soda with coarse salt and add to an inch of simmering water and soap.
For a Casserole Dish
Put it in the oven for a few minutes until it starts to simmer. The heat will speed up the process of breaking down the soot.
Hope this helps!
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