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Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

I have burnt jam in my stainless steel boiler. How do I remove the hard burnt crust from the bottom of my pan without damaging the stainless steel?


Michael Clarke


Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

I have used very fine emery paper to clean the interior and exterior of stainless steel pans. Use with mild soapy water. You may purchase emery paper at a Hardware store...could not find what I needed in the larger discount centers. Cannot remember the grade; but if you tell them what you are going to do and they will know. It worked for me and hope it does for you. (06/16/2004)

By Shirley Little

Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

On Stainless Steel you cannot use anything that will marr the finish. The best way I have found was put water in the pan and let it loosen by heating the pan on the stovetop and letting it come to a boil, it usually loosens all the burnt food and particles. You may have to do this several times but it will come clean. My grandmother taught me this years ago before they had teflon on pans and it was all aluminum or stainless steel back then. (06/18/2004)

By Cheryl Walton

Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

Boil about 1/2" water in the pan then take off heat and add some automatic dishwashing soap - the powder kind does the best. Let it soak overnight and it should come right off in the morning. (06/19/2004)

By Toni K.

Removing Burned Food

Burned on food on your cookware? Don't reach for the scouring pads. Wet them down and sprinkle heavily with baking soda and leave for a few minutes. The grime should come right off! (03/06/2005)

By Liz

Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

Use finishing grade (#0000) steel wool pads & a cleanser like Bon Ami, Barkeep's Friend, or Saladmaster's Glo. Wash the pan with hot soapy water, rinse well; sprinkle the cleanser on the hot wet surface; rub gently with a circular motion until the stainless steel is shiny. For really bad or stubborn burns, add vinegar & water to Glo to make a soft paste; gently rub the discolored area; let stand about 5 minutes; wash, rinse & dry. (I cleaned a set of pots and skillets that a widower used for 11 1/2 years - with really burned on grease & scorches!); now they look like new. $40 for Glo, new handles, the #0000 & (literally) weeks of elbow grease as I watched TV after supper. The result is a complete set of cookware that costs over $1,000 today, and will be an heirloom, (b):o)(/b)


PS: Auntie would be proud if she could see it! (08/19/2005)

By D

Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

Buy stainless steel cleanser at your grocery or hardware store. It's next to the silver polish. Works by chemical reaction.

  1. soak the pan overnight in soapy water
  2. boil a lot of water in it and change the water a few times to see what can be loosened
  3. scrape the bottom with a steel spatula
    (do #2 and 3 a couple of times)
  4. soak some more
  5. get steel wool and use it with a lot of pressure in circular motion, up and down and sideways in a mostly dry pan
  6. when you have gotten out as much messas you can use the stainless steel cleanser.
We had to do this yesterday to remove burnt olive oil that scorched a pan. (08/19/2005)

By Holly

Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

Put a dryer sheet in it filled with hot water and let it soak overnight.. It should come right out. (09/27/2005)

By Tracy

Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

I have had a similar problem. I have been soaking and working on my 30 year stainless steel pot for four weeks now. I recalled what my dad said to do. He was a Marine in WWII and no doubt had to perform KP duty at one time or other. I have been boiling the pot with lots of distilled vinegar for about an hour while cooking supper. I occasionally scrape at the scorched crud with a meat fork. The pan is as good as new. No scrubbing. No stain. Why didn't I do this earlier. (02/27/2006)

By Quinn R

Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

The easiest and quickest way to remove burns from a pan is to add coke. Cover the entire burn in any type of coke and leave to soak for 30 mins or so. Then remove the coke and wipe/scrub clean depending on the amount. Works every time (08/15/2006)

By Natalie

Removing Burns from Stainless Steel Pan

Scrape out as much of the dirt as possible with a wooden spoon, rinse and dry. Spray thickly with Oven Cleaner and let it sit overnight with the lid on. Repeat until the pot is clean. (10/05/2006)

By Carol Churchill

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