Trying to clean baked on food off of pots, pans, and other bakeware can be very frustrating and a lot of work. This is a guide about cleaning baked on food.
By Bobbie 1
How do you remove burned food from Pyrex? It is a sugary glaze that burned on to the Pyrex.
By gmadrum from Turlock, CA
March 20, 2011
I put a good amount of baking soda and small amount of water, set on low on the stove, it gently "simmers" it out, have done hundreds of times, especially on dishes with burn stains from garage sales. As soon as you take it off, dump the water and start rinsing the leftover gunk out with Dobie and water.
We have just over baked some beans in a crock bean pot and they have really cooked on. We have scrubbed until we have worn out 2 pads. Is there an easy way to clean baked on beans from a crock bean pot?
By guest (Guest Post) Flag
November 28, 2005
a lot of times when i have something that is baked on and won't come off I let is soak overnight in hot water, dish soap and clorox cleanup. or just spray it with the clorox clean up and let it soak for a while...usually works well. Clorox cleanup is a staple in my kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and every room in my house!
I always find it hard to clean my glass bakeware or metal baking sheets after making lasagna or cake. Is there any solution I can soak them in before scrubbing?
I use SOS pads, but I am sick of scrubbing for so long to get this mess out. I would rather soak it first in something better. I have tried hot water and soap. Any suggestions please?
By Amber Dawn from Toronto, Ontario
April 8, 2010
Dishwasher detergent. That stuff dissolves everything.
I heated onion soup with milk and let it boil over. I immediately soaked the pan in hot soapy water. I cannot get the stain off my pot. I have hand washed it, used steel wool, run it though the dishwasher multiple times and nothing works. Help please!
By Melinda D. from OKC, OK
June 29, 2011
If it's just a stain, it won't affect the pot. You can still use it. If it's stuck on milk, then one of the other suggestions should work.
I know two tips for burnt pans. The first one is to boil rhubarb in the pan - it works! The second is to boil a small amount of bio washing powder in the burnt pan - it also works!
How do I clean a scorched pot?
By Evelyn from Savannah, GA
January 26, 2011
Put a new or used dryer sheet and warm water and let it soak. Scrub with the dryer sheet. Works like a charm.
By Dee Jay 1
I cannot remove Pam spray residue from a cookie sheet once it is baked on. Food residue can be cleaned with no problem after soaking with soapy water.
By Dee Jay from Clearwater, FL
January 21, 2011
And I thought I was crazy wandering what was going on with my pans. It's the spray! I have soaked-boiled went through a box of SOS pads and it's the freaking spray. Thank for the post because I wont use the spray again. It took for ever to get it off my cast iron skillet and then I had to season it all over again. The spray is gone today.
Those little square plastic tabs that are used to close bread bags are wonderful for scraping baked-on food from casserole dishes and pots and pans (including those non-stick teflon pans). They don't scratch! I even use one on the surface of the stove if things have spilled and have gotten hard and crusty. It's also a great way to clean a glass top stove. Use and toss. There's always more where that one came from.
By Carole Ann Lee from Portland, Oregon
By CE BERTCH 2
Take enough cream of tartar to cover the area to be cleaned and/or to remove baked on food. Add enough vinegar to make a thin paste. Cover the area to be cleaned and apply extra thick on baked on areas. Leave on 12 hours. Wipe off and wash thoroughly. Use second application if necessary.
By Charley from West Henrietta, NY
By Mary Meyer 1
Fill the burnt pan with soap and water and add a fabric softener sheet. Let set overnight and wash as usual. If it is a stubborn burn repeat the process.
By Mary from Nebraska and AZ
I would like information on cleaning off burnt stains on stainless steal pots and pans after the gunky stuff is off. Thank you.
By suni0118 from Madison, WI
August 31, 2011
Barkeeper's Friend also works amazingly well. Most grocery stores have it in the section where Comet and other cleaning powders are sold. It's non-abrasive and really shines up stainless steel to look like new. I use it on my cooktop and many other things too.
When hand washing glass cookware and cast iron pans, I like to use a window paint scraper with the blade to remove baked on food. It works great and has them clean in no time.
By Marie from Kingston, Ontario
If you have burned on gunk in a pan, soak the pan or burner ring in dishwasher detergent. Just put some in the pan, add hot water, and let sit for a few hours or overnight. Stuff will come right off. This works better than dish soap, baking soda, dryer sheets etc.
By Linda from Vista, CA
How do you clean baked on food on a Pyrex casserole dish? I have tried the Oxy foam cleanser, Dawn Power Grease remover to no avail. It has settled into the glass.
Dragonfly from Indiana
Try a Mr. Clean eraser. I use them all the time on my glass baking ware and it works great! I like my glass baking ware to stay clean and shiny like new and this does the job without a lot of work.
Hope this helps. (10/20/2006)
I find if you soak with really hot water and dishwasher soap it will come right off. Also use this method to get off coffee and tea stains in the pots. (10/20/2006)
I use steel wool pads with soap in them, or even those copper pot scrubbers. Unless your glass pans are coated with some kind of color (instead of being colored glass) there shouldn't be a problem. (10/20/2006)
My suggestion is to soak first, then with a scrub brush use Bon-Ami cleanser (it doesn't scratch). If you can find Bon-Ami at the store, it works great. It's sold at most big grocery stores. There is no bleach in it, it's just a good old fashioned scrubber for all your cookery. (10/20/2006)
I use S.O.S. Pads. Works great! (10/20/2006)
Ketchup is cheap and really works. Just cover the cooked on crud and let it sit. I can't tell you how long to let it sit, by the time I get back to mine it's been at least an hour. May have to repeat, it's worth a try. Probably something you already have on hand. (10/20/2006)
If you fill your dish with really hot water and a Bounce Sheet and leave it to set over night, it will wipe right out. I have used this method for the worst burnt on stuff imagined and it has come off. Good Luck! (10/20/2006)
Soak it in baking soda. Always comes clean, then wash as always. (10/20/2006)
By eve. c
I have a lot of success with boiling water. I boil it in an electric hot pot, then carry it to whatever needs cleaning and pour it on the stain. Also works great on food spills on vinyl flooring. Just be careful that whatever surface you use it on can take the heat. Pyrex should be fine. Good luck. (10/21/2006)
A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser has worked for me. (10/21/2006)
Lots of ventilation and a single squirt of Easy Off oven cleaner works every time (except on aluminum, copper, iron, Teflon) on most dry glass or stainless metal unpainted surfaces to clean off baked-on foods. If very hard, black, thick food, leave on overnight and outside. If light food, leave only about 15 min. to one hour, and that should do it. Although we all avoid using
that chemical, if good ventilation is used, you will not die if you spray the item on the patio/porch on newspaper away from the door or pets, then time the food burn accordingly.
After a few minutes there is no odor or breathing danger from the fumes, and there is a low odor
low fume option in the brand, but it takes much longer to work. Do wash with cold water should you accidentally get any spray on your skin. Spray only the spot(s) at about 6-8", and when there is obviously no wind, just as when painting. Use vinegar to rinse off skin after cold water/soap should any drift. I use gloves and have never had a single accident externally or internally in 53 years of very infrequent use of Easy Off, and only for the tough food burns.
All cooks have burned pots/pans occasionally, not wanting to cook in the utensil until it is removed, so we need serious help once in a while, just not making it a habit. We can use caution as if using a match to light a candle or using alcohol indoors. God bless and give you wisdom.
Chore Boy Golden Fleece scrubbing cloths. They work great and don't scratch. (10/22/2006)
Put salt in, then water, and let it sit over night. This works great. (10/22/2006)
Here's a little trick my grandmother taught me for cleaning pans with baked on food. Fill pan with a couple cups of water and about two squirts of dishwashing liquid. Place pan on burner and turn on high until it bubbles. Turn off burner and let sit for about 5 minutes. Burnt or stuck-on food will come off very easily.
By Marnita from Cumming, GA
Try Dawn Power Disolver. It works and is available at Walmart. Be careful though. I think it can be used on stainless steel, but it may not be used on painted pots. (01/07/2007)
BarKeepers cleanser works good on stainless steel pots and pans. So does old fashion elbow grease. (01/07/2007)
I take a couple of spoonfuls of automatic dishwashing soap, (the powdered Kind) run water to the top into your dish, add powder and let sit over night or for a few hours. It will eat all the burned on food off. I even use it for other dishes that are hard to clean like the glass casserole dishes. (11/14/2008)
Getting burned on or stuck on food from pans: Sprinkle with powdered dishwasher detergent, add hot water, let soak overnight. In morning, pans come clean very quickly.
My mother also taught me a quicker way to removed burned food in the pan. She simply added water to the pan and let it simmer for a few minutes. It then came out very nicely. This works if you're in a hurry. (01/10/2005)
Don't do this on aluminum pots. The dishwasher detergent will eat holes thru aluminum. OK to use on stainless steel. Not sure about iron pots or Non-stick pots like Teflon. (12/27/2008)
I am a middle school Foods teacher. I have a problem with the cooking spray getting baked on the cookie sheets and other baking pans. It leaves a yellowish layer that just does not come off with regular scrubbing. Any ideas for cleaning this problem?
Chris from Salem, OR
Having had to work in a restaurant, we had the same problem, we used oven cleaner. We asked at a store that carried restaurant supplies and they gave us a heavy duty solution that really worked, made them like new. (05/06/2008)
I have read where people claim to have used oven cleaner with success. I tried it on several of my cookie sheets, with two different brands of cleaners. Both types ruined several of my expensive cookie sheets. Their non-stick surface was ruined.
I won't be doing that trick anymore, was too expensive of a lesson. I found these silicone baking sheets, and that's all I use now. Saves my bake ware. I even use the silicone to roll my cookies out on. Never did like flour of any amount on the bottom of my cookies, I get a perfect looking cookie this way, and easy cleanup afterward. (05/06/2008)
I had the same problem, and couldn't find any way to get it off, so I just started using parchment paper instead of cooking spray. (05/06/2008)
If you do any amount of Baking, an investment into silicone might be a good idea. I bake a lot, and I found myself going through a lot of parchment paper (you can only use it so many times before it just goes to pieces on you). Silicone will last forever if you are careful with it, "a one time investment", I found it far cheaper accordingly and I love working with it. I find Spray is the worst to use on any bakeware, will end up leaving a yellow to everything.
The silicone only need be oiled slightly and is good for many many uses. Only needs be slightly oiled again when it's washed, which doesn't need to be done often. My silicone is still just like new, and so are the bake sheets I bake into. :) (05/07/2008)
I use SOS or Brillo pads to remove it from stainless steel and other non-coated pans. This works great and it won't ruin the metal. I've never used this method on non-stick pans, mine don't seem to get that same baked on stain. (05/07/2008)
By Jean from Mississippi
1. Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar in a small dish (use 3 or 4 teaspoons of vinegar and 3 or 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar if you have more items to clean or if you have larger items, such as a heavily soiled casserole dish and cover).
2. Use a cotton ball to apply the solution to your burner pans, or pots and pans and covers.
3. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Scrub with a scouring pad and then wash in hot, soapy water.
5. Repeat several times, if necessary, for heavily soiled burner pans and covered casserole dishes.
I was surprised by how well this works. You will still need to scrub a bit, but your effort will produce definite results. I use this trick to get the black burnt on stuff off of my pans. I think it should help go through that layer of baked on cooking spray, too.
Good luck! - Michele (05/07/2008)
I use baking soda, works great! (05/07/2008)
I have heard that the residue is left from the propellants used to make the spray an aerosol. There are spray bottles that you can pour in your own oil and pump it up to spray like the cans. I think Pampered Chef had one. I don't have a cure for your problem, just maybe prevention. Good luck. (05/07/2008)
By Lisa from Lena, WI.
Bar Keepers Friend! (05/07/2008)
Hi! I am a middle school science teacher, and I second the posting that recommended using baking soda. I use it mixed with water to make a paste. Scrub with a cloth or sponge and it works like a charm. (05/08/2008)
I have a friend that is a professional baker. I had the same problem with my pans getting the sticky yellow coating and the "burned on" look. She told me to never ever use a spray on any kind of metal pan. It will ruin them. She says that if you have to grease the pans use a very small amount of Crisco on a paper towel and wipe them down. Spray on glass pans is fine, she says. Hope this helps. (05/16/2008)
After trying a degreaser and goo gone, I used baking soda and it worked like a charm! Thanks! (06/02/2008)
I use the pump spray and it still leaves the yellow 'stain'. I'm going to attempt the baking soda (aka not environmentally disgusting) solution suggested above. Thanks! (09/05/2008)
My problem is with my beautifully embossed glass bakeware. I have used vinegar and baking soda, works fairly well on the slick surfaces, but even with a toothbrush (old) to scrub with, the long baked oil stays in the deeper grooves! I am at my wits end and about to trash the sprays (all brands I've used leave a residue). The commercial pads I've used further scratch grooves into the glass, where the oils settle in deeper, and are harder to reach. I even called one of the big manufacturers and they only suggested a gritty powder and a pad (elbow grease-and I told her, I'm allergic to that).
I bought a stove top spray cleaner and that's my next to try. The lady I talked to said they wouldn't recommend that. I see someone has had success with oven cleaner. These manufacturers of the oil should be called to task on this, it's their product, and it's ruining our pans. Bakers of America unite! (11/22/2008)
Oven cleaner works great on surfaces it's safe on (especially glass/ceramic). But yeah, it'll kill non-stick pretty quickly, not to mention melting plastic. (12/12/2008)
By Roger Krueger
Does anyone know of an easy way to clean a burnt pan? I was boiling some potatoes and the water boiled off and my pan is stained black.
Janet from San Jose, CA
The other day, when I was cooking dinner, I burnt it so bad, I ended up burning the inside of the pan. It's a "Chefs All Clad" pan, so, it was fairly easy to get the food of, but the pan is still burnt. Anyone have any hints to cleaning it so it could look some what silver again?
The "best" and quickest way to remove burn-ons in stainless pans is to cover the burn-on with gel dishwasher detergent and let it set for a couple of hours or overnight. After that, a soft brush and hot soapy water is all you need to get the shine back. You may add a tablespoon of water to the detergent.
Powdered dishwasher detergent can be used by making a paste with water. As you know, dishwasher detergent is very strong, therefore, don't use your hand to clean the pan, even with a sponge or dishcloth. Use a dishbrush to clean all the residue off (and clean and sterilize the brush at the same time) and the pan will look almost like new.
Lee (Guest Post)
Put hot water in the pan along with some vinegar and let it sit overnight. The next day you should be able to wipe your pot clean. This also works well with cleaning your stove top burner pans. Good luck.
Trish (Guest Post)
Burnt pot or pan? Use a dryer sheet to scrub away that blackened soot off your best pans and pots
By Aisha from Norfolk, VA
The best I have ever used, and is very cheap, is BarKeepers Friend. Its a powder in a gold colored can, usually found in the cleaning supplies. Just get your pan wet all over, sprinkle quite a bit in there, and rub to make a paste, then scrub it all over. It will take sulfur and iron out of dishes, appliances, sinks and tubs, etc. also. It is great. You can get the big can for around $2 at Walmart.
Post by jenjoejace
For Stainless Steel: Easy-off oven cleaner will also take off burnt on foods, just spray and let sit awhile. If the handles are not stainless steel, then wrap them with heavy duty foil before spraying.
My 85 yr. old mother-in-law told me she mixes baking soda with some regular dish soap in a paste and lets it set overnight. She swears it will take anything off.
Post by <userlink:thr619979>Angellface</userlink>
Try soaking in hot water and dishwasher crystals. It should wipe clean in a couple of hours or so.
Pat K (02/28/2006)
By Pat K
Mix a couple of tablespoons of Cream of Tartar in about 3 to 4 inches of water in the burned pan and boil hard for a while. Keep your eye on it, don't let it boil dry, add water if necessary and continue boiling. Dump the water and scrape firmly. Repeat if necessary until the all the black will come off. This really works. (02/28/2006)
I usually can get all of a stain or burned on foods out by placing a little dishwashing liquid in the pan with two cups of water and simmering on low for about 30 minutes. If this doesn't work rub toothpaste all over the area and allow to sit overnight. In the morning just wash as usual. (03/01/2006)
By J Walker
Tried several methods to remove black stain from bottom of stainless steel pan. The only thing that worked was a couple of applications of Orange Glo Power Paste foaming cleanser and a scouring pad. Try it. (08/08/2006)
For stains on the bottoms of pans, I find that cooking something containing a lot of tomatoes (ie: tomato based soup, or simmering pasta sauce) will clean it up really nicely. It's the acidity of the tomatoes that does the work. (11/02/2006)
C.L.R. (the cleaning liquid) removes them on contact. Sure beats scrubbing your fingers off with an SOS pad. (11/03/2006)
I boiled water dry in my stainless steel pot for about 1/2 hour (was boiling water for my daughter's bottles). I have just used a fine sandpaper with a little bit of water and it has totally removed the stained burnt marks from both the inside and bottom of my stainless steel pot (was not a copper bottom ). It worked wonders. (04/06/2007)
Removing stains from Faberware pots try Zud it is recommended for Faberware pots. It works for me.
This pass weekend I burnt a pot, first I boiled with plain water, then vinegar and water and then I put Zud inside let it set for awhile. Try scrubbing the pan by having the Zud like a paste, not too much water. (04/30/2007)
Wow. I tried making homemade caramel and left it too long. My whole pan was burnt from the caramel. I heated up some Coke and the burnt caramel is gone. Who knew Coke could do such an amazing thing. (08/08/2007)
I tried the hydrogen peroxide that someone mentioned, and even though it did take a little scrubbing, it did take off the black crust that I thought was permanently fused to the bottom of my pan. I was making applesauce and the water boiled away and left sugary charred apples on the bottom of my pan. The caramelized char looked glassy and I figured it was a loss.
I tried baking soda, vinegar, Comet, and had pretty much given up. I figured I'd try the H2O2 and see if it worked. It took off a lot the first time. I had to do several more soak and scrub runs, but got all of it out. If it hadn't worked, I'd have tried boiling vinegar next, then some of the other tricks. But the peroxide worked. Thanks. (10/08/2007)
My wife burned some potpourri in one of our nice stainless steel All-Clad pans. We tried everything and then used some Easy Off Oven Cleaner on it and it came right off. Another post asked if it was toxic, not really otherwise they wouldn't let you use it in your oven. Plus they suggest using it on barbecue grills (which works great also). Make sure you get the cold kind not the kind you need to use on a hot oven. I would make sure and wash the pan thoroughly after you clean it just to be sure.
Also, for the burnt oil marks on the bottom of your stainless steel pans use a product called BAM (also made by Easy Off, not an endorsement I swear). It takes the oil right off and the pan looks brand new.
A small piece of sandpaper worked great. It scrubbed everything off. I also boiled, and let the pot sit in a solution of hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and arrowroot. The pot was completely black in spots. Now it is nice and shiny. (12/13/2007)
Thanks for all the tips, I am about to try some, but would like to say please be careful when you're all boiling and inhaling such nasty chemicals. Please avoid it if possible, or at the very least allow for enough ventilation in your home before doing it. All commercial chemicals should have material safety data sheets on-line, I would check with those first before using the products in some of the ways suggested. Mixing certain cleaning products can be very harmful. At the end of the day, your health is much more valuable than a clean pot. (01/15/2008)
By safety first
Use Pepsi. Put it on the stove, bring it to the boil, and scrub with a brush. Works in minutes. (04/20/2008)
Just read this thread. I had badly burnt pan (from boiling milk and burning it). I had no dishwasher stuff, had no Coke, so I used some water, some normal washing-up liquid (environmentally friendly one that I always use anyway) bit of white wine vinegar and about 1/3 of a can of sparkling apple juice I had in the fridge from a flight, which I had never fancied drinking, and a bit of baking powder. In less than 3 minutes on the stove and stirring a bit, hey presto, all clean. Right now I am following the next bit of advice and "reconditioning" the pan first with water and salt, then I will do the oil thing. Good as new. Thanks all. (04/25/2008)
So, I tried almost everything on this list and they seemed to help a little bit. I wasn't sure if it was the boiling of Coke, detergent, lemon, etc. working or me continually scrubbing. Also I did not want to scrape my All-clad pan, too expensive to do so. But with a little muscle I used a Magic Eraser and it got all the black burnt on pieces off with out damaging the pan. I love Magic Erasers, they are great for everything.(08/11/2008)
I used the combination of peroxide, a drop of dishsoap, and baking soda to a boil and it lifted half of the burnt on tomato soup. I redid the process another time and lightly used a spoon to help lift off the rest. Finally with a scour pad, the pot looks brand new, thanks to the advice I found on this site. (11/20/2008)
I can't believe it, it works. Ham cooked in apple juice, burnt on the roasting pan that came with my vintage oven. I put about 1" of water in the pan, dissolved 1 scoop of Oxiclean and about 2 Tbs of baking soda, then baked the pan until the water simmered for about 30 minutes. Fifty-year old roasting pan looks new and is not scratched. (11/29/2008)
Easy. Soak the bottom of the pan with freshly squeezed lemon juice overnight. (12/26/2008)
By Marie K.
I burned brown rice onto my pressure cooker so badly that I feared it might be lost forever (that's $200 worth of pan). I'd already soaked, scraped and tried various household (nasty) cleaners. Not even oven cleaner helped. After reading advice on this page I carried out the following procedure:
Top up with boiling water from the kettle to cover all burned disaster bits and bring to boil. Simmer whilst scraping bottom of pan with a wooden spatula (ended up doing this with a scarf tied over my nose and mouth- the fumes are a bit nasty). Imagine my joy when I realized that all the black carbonated gunge of doom was floating off in chunks.
I emptied the pan and rinsed thoroughly after about 20 minutes and with a little extra rubbing with a sponge (really surprisingly little) all the gunge and all the black concreted-on-forever bits came right off.
Result, I will be recommending this noxious concoction to my friends. (01/10/2009)
I am having a hard time removing baked-on food from a heavy weight baking sheet that I borrowed. Thanks for any help.
By NH veggie lover from Thornton, NH
I sprinkle dishwasher detergent in the bottom (enough to cover bottom) then fill with warm water. Let it sit for several hours. Works great on glass baking pans or roasting pans. It loosens all the baked on food, then wash and rinse. (06/09/2009)
Here's something that has always worked for me, no matter what the baked item is. If possible, fill the pan with very hot water, pour in a generous amount of baking soda. Let this sit for some time. If this is something that can be heated on the stove, keep it good and warm that way for awhile, but usually a good soak with plenty of soda will do the trick. On one occasion though, I did have to repeat the process, but it is still very inexpensive. (06/09/2009)
I agree with both of the two previous posts.
This is not a cleaning tip, but it's something I do to help keep baking clean up at a minimum so it's for your future reference. Use aluminum foil as a liner whenever possible. The foil can also be reused as a drip pan liner or simply as a drip catcher on the bottom rack of your oven to help keep drippings at bay (I say on the bottom rack because I heard that someone once placed it on the bottom of the oven itself when there was just a little bit of previous drippings and they had a heck of a time getting the baked on foil off after a long bake time, hope that made sense). You can also reuse it by placing on the bottom of your charcoal BBQ grill for easy ash cleanup. And you can always loosely ball the used foil up and use as a scrubber. (06/09/2009)
You can put the pan in a plastic trash bag, pour some ammonia in, lay it in the yard in the hot sun for a few hours and then hose it off. Works every time, you may have to use a little bit of elbow grease, but not much. This works with BBQ grills, over racks, etc. (06/10/2009)
Use vinegar to soak the pan in overnight. Works very well. May just need a light second soaking, and scour the loose burnt bits off. (06/10/2009)
One tip I'm not seeing here and has helped for me is filling the pan with hot water and putting in a used dryer sheet, let it soak overnight. I've used a piece of a new one in a pinch. Also when you use oil, especially spray oil, your pans will discolor with the heat. (06/10/2009)
I burnt my teapot by leaving it on the stove for too long. It now has brown spots all over it. How do I clean it?
By Sacha from NY
Hi, I have always used a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in the pot fill about half full of water and boil for about 20 minutes or so. If the spots still aren't gone, you can replace the mixture and try again. This usually works really well, I had burnt potatoes to a brand new pot and made a mess. I used this mixture and after boiling a couple of times it came clean! (11/26/2009)
I burned some meatballs in spaghetti sauce in a pot that I forgot was on low flame. I don't have the "muscle grease" to scrub it off. I have tried putting a cloth of fabric softener in soapy hot water, but it didn't work. Any suggestions?
By hearts1 from San Diego
Boil this pot in water on the stove and it will loosen the stuck on food. (08/12/2009)
Place 1/4 cup baking soda in the pot/pan.
Add 1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice.
Let it foam all over the burned on food.
Next add boiling water to the pan and let it cool.
Clean as usual. (08/13/2009)
Put a small squirt of dish soap and some water in the pan and put it on the stove on LOW- MED heat. As the water starts to simmer, take a scrub brush and scrub the pot and the cooked on food will loosen and come right off. Be patient to let the water heat up to a simmer. I have saved many, many pots this way. Good luck. (08/14/2009)
I use the baking powder method suggested above. I sprinkle it on the burned area, Don't stir it, then add 1' or so of water and let it simmer an hour, adding water if needed. It should come off easily. Soaking overnight in this boiled solution adds a little umph. (08/14/2009)
Boil some rhubarb and water in it and it will come clean, just don't burn the rhubarb. Ketchup will clean the outside. Just spread it on, let it sit overnight and wash it off. No scrubbing inside or out. (08/14/2009)
Either boil baking soda and water in the pan as suggested by others or use Dawn's Power Dissolver. (Recommended by Consumer Reports) (08/14/2009)
By Lady Bee
If the Scotch green scrubby does not work, put a packet or two of Kool Aid powder, the little packets, not presweetened in the pan and add a little water (just enough to cover the burnt on area). Let it sit for about 15 minutes or 1/2 hour. This forms a low grade acid that works on removing the burnt food. This is used in the military and restaurants to clean the griddles they use. I have used this on both coated and no coat pans. (08/14/2009)
Try covering the bottom of the pan with tomato ketchup or tomato puree leave on for a couple of hours should come off. You might need to re-apply. (08/15/2009)
Put some dry dishwasher detergent in pan and cover it with hot water. Swish around to dissolve powder. Let sit overnight. Gunk should come right off in the AM. (08/15/2009)
I burned oatmeal on my Calphalon steel stockpot. I have washed it and scrubbed it and nothing seems to take it out. How can I remove it?
By Leticia from Chicago, IL
Have you tried oven cleaner? I've bought items from yard sales with burned-on food and had about given up on the first purchase. With nothing to lose, I heated it, took it outside, put it on a card table covered with thick layers of newspaper, and sprayed it like there was no tomorrow with cheap generic oven cleaner.
I think I might have left it there a while, checking it until the gunk loosened it up, then wiped it out with more newspapers to remove the gunk. Be sure to avoid inhaling the fumes and wear rubber gloves. Since then, I still first try soaking overnight with Dawn foam. Then try soaking with water and powdered dishwasher detergent, and then if those fail, grab the oven cleaner and head outside. (02/26/2010)
Please "do not use oven cleaner" on any utensil that food is going to come in direct contact with for health sake. easyoff.us
What I do is place water in the cookware and bring to a good boil and turn off the heat. Allow to "almost" cool and then scrub with a scrubber in the sink. You may need to do it a couple of times, but I've had luck every single time no matter how badly the food is stuck/burned on. (02/26/2010)
Try this, put about an inch and a half of water and add a dollop of baking soda and bring it to a boil. Cover and boil on a medium high heat for a while. Test it with a spoon every 10 minutes or so, until it's soft enough to scrape off. When you can scrape it off easily with a spoon, remove it from the heat, drain the water, and scrape off the rest of it. I've been doing this for years and it's always worked. Good luck,
Try a very fine emery cloth, That's the only thing that worked for my pan. I tried everything and nothing worked, but the emery cloth. I used a too course piece of the emery cloth and it did scratch mine so be careful. I was just thrilled that it was usable again.
Good luck. (02/26/2010)
Pour in some Coca-Cola (not diet) and heat it up on the stove. Leave to simmer for about 5 minutes. Throw out the cola and wash with a scouring sponge to get off what you can. Repeat the process as often as is required and it will soon be all gone and shining like new. (02/26/2010)
Take liquid dishwasher detergent, smear the bottom of the pot. Let set a few hours, add water, bring to boil on the stove, then down to simmer. Do not boil dry. Let simmer up to a couple hours. Always fixes what husband burns on. (02/27/2010)
I burned my baking pan while baking my apple pie. It dripped over onto the baking pan. I tried boiling it on stove, but no luck. Please help. It is a brand new pan.
By Debbe from Rensselaer, NY
Whenever this happens to me, I use a blow dryer on hottest setting to soften the stuck on food. You can also use a heat blower like one you'd use for embossing powder. Once the food is softened, gently pry it off so as not to ruin the pan's finish. (11/29/2009)
Soak pan in hot water with small amount of dish detergent like Dawn. Add about 1 TBS fabric softener or 1 fabric softener sheet. Let sit overnight. (11/30/2009)
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Pour white vinegar in the pan and let it set overnight. In the morning you should be able to wash it with no problem.
I use white vinegar on all of my pans and dishes that have food stuck. It also dissolves the grease in frying pans when there is food stuck. You can also add some baking soda if you desire.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but always use some Aluminum foil under dishes that have a tendency to either boil over or have grease "pop" out. Saves a lot of cleaning. (11/30/2009)
I have an aluminum pie ring that sits on the shelf under my baking all the time. I leave it in while I run the self clean cycle and it comes out looking like new. You might try it if nothing else works. (12/02/2009)