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
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