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Can I Still Use a Scorched Stainless Steel Pan?

Scorched Stainless Steel Pan
Deciding whether to use a damaged pan or toss it can be frustrating in the absence of information about its food safety. This is a guide about "Can I still use a scorched stainless steel pan?".
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January 17, 2010

I was boiling water and completely forgot about it. The stove was on high. When I found the pan, the bottom was all black on the inside and the outside was covered with ashes. It is a stainless steel pan with copper on the outside bottom. Can it still be used?

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By Tex from Archbold, OH

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Anonymous
January 20, 20100 found this helpful

As long as it's not Teflon coated you most certainly can!

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

I use mine, and it happened years ago. If I remember right I just scoured it with the finest steel wool I could find. It is still discolored.

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May 20, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, I once found a 7" Revere Copper Bottomed Stainless Steel Pan in the trash, it was scorched black. I scrubbed every time I used it and in I go the whole thing to shine, even the copper bottom.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 29, 2010

I boiled water in my 2 gallon stainless pan with a copper bottom. I forgot about it and all the copper was burnt off. Is the pan still safe to use or trash it?

By Thomas

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June 30, 20100 found this helpful

Is the pan truly copper? I know it's really hard to cook/scrub/scrap the copper off of those pans. What's important is what the inside of the pan looks like. If it is smooth and still fresh steel/stainless then you are ok. The worst that can happen is that the pan may cook a little uneven so remember that with sauces and thick soups unless you can get the outside of the pan the same thickness. If using a sealed top electric stove be sure the bottom is very even or you may crack your stove.

I have cleaned the outside of a few pans with a drill and a wire brush to make them even and it never changed how they looked or cooked on the inside, especially where you have to use them all the time (in a restaurant).

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