Rather than soak and scrub hard to remove baked on, caked on food from pots/pans try this. Add a little water and place back on the stove and simmer. While simmering, take a wooden turner or spatula and gently scrap away the baked on food. Then wash pan as usual in hot soapy water, rinse, and dry. This process is similar to "deglazing" pan juices to make a sauce only this time you're cleaning the pan, not making a sauce.
Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes
Add water to pot/pan.
Place on stove burner set on medium to low heat.
Let simmer 10-15 minutes tops.
Gently scrape with a wooden turner/spatula to loosen food particles.
If you are having trouble getting off tough, dry, crusty food stains off of pots and pans, I have an easy, quick solution for you! Take the troublesome pot/pan and fill it with hot water. Put in a couple drops of dishwashing liquid, (I normally use a small squirt.) place the pot of water on the stove and allow it to boil. after a few minutes of boiling, remove from the heat, and the residue should now be soft and easy to remove.
If your in the habit of "soaking" cooked on food in your pots or bowls, in "hot water"! Stop immediately! Never, never use "hot" water! The food thinks it is still cooking and will just about stay "stuck on". You will be so surprised, stuff you thought would never come out, scrubs out with ease. I Promise!
The easiest way to clean pots and plans with dried stuck on gravy or pans with ridges in them is to fill them with water, take a glass brush, and scrub. Poof! All uck is gone in seconds. Make sure it is a glass brush and not a bottle brush.
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