I have burnt food stuck to my non stick pan. Any ideas to get it off?
By Seamus from Cheshire, England
I am so grateful! The burnt food came off quite easily from my Teflon pan. I did have to soak it in the mixture(Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar) twice for 20 minutes and I did use my fingernail to scrape the gunk off but it sure worked. Thank you so much.
By Hallie 01/03/2011
Try soaking it in the hottest water you can get, until it's soft enough you can just wipe it off. :)
I'm going to also recommend either cast iron or stainless. With stainless, just use nonstick spray (it comes even in just olive oil) and things really don't stick. If you scratch your nonstick coating, and heat it high enough to burn stuff in the future, there's the possible risk of fumes. Also, you don't get the same searing that you would with either cast iron (the old fashioned kind) or stainless. I stupidly tossed my grandmother's cast iron pans thinking they were too heavy. Now I'm using cast iron again and I could kick myself! It cleans so easily if you "season" the pan first, and when you clean it. You just use hot water, a plastic scrubber, and everything comes off of it. Rub it down with a little oil and heat for a moment when you dry it. Turn the burner on til it's just warm, then off, to spread the oil. It's unbelievable how well things brown and cook without burning! Heat distributes better, so you don't get the scorches like you do in nonstick pans. Try one piece of each, a smaller 10"-12" cast iron, Lodge is best, and a large stainless skillet since it'll be lighter. :) Try discount stores like Marshalls for the pans to experiment without spending a lot of money.
I sympathize with you ruining your Non-stick pan but if you haven't rubbed off the non-stick teflon than use this to try to get anything burnt on it off. Sprinkle baking soda on the burnt spots and pour vinegar over the baking soda. When it stops bubbling; with a dishcloth softly rub the pan clean with hot water and detergent. Voila, it's clean,hopefully! Use a little more strength if you need to.
My second advice is to buy stainless steel pans; they are easy to clean and non toxic. Be patient when using low heat at first and watch what your cooking so not to get anything sticking but stir often. Stainless steel holds heat better also. So if you use high heat just remember to lower the heat after the food starts cooking. If something burns clean it the same way as above. Or use Dianna's method: Try filling your pan with enough baking soda to cover the bottom of your pan add enough water to cover the baking soda plus about 1-2 inches. Put back onto the stove and bring to a boil, remove from stove and let sit overnight, and wash as usual. This has always worked for me, hope it helps you. By Dianna
Sprinkle baking soda on the burnt spots and pour vinegar over the baking soda. When it stops bubbling; with a dishcloth softly rub the pan clean with hot water and detergent. Voila, it's clean, hopefully! Use a little more strength if you need to.
Put a drop or two of dish detergent (the liquid, not the kind for dishwashers) in the pan. Fill it about half full of water and place it on the stove. Bring it to the point that the dish soap is starting to bubble up. At that point, take the pan off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub it with a non-abrasive type scrubber. If that doesn't remove all the burnt-on gunk, you may need to repeat the process. This should get the pan clean, but it will probably never be completely non-stick again.
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I think I ruined the pan! I think I destroyed my non-stick pan by burning peaches, water, sugar and lemon sauce. I'm afraid that if I haven't already ruined it, different remedies might be bad for the surface.
Can anyone help me?
Debby from San Diego, CA
Also we just switched to stainless steel. Honestly, it sticks way less, the food cooks much better and browns beautifully! We use olive oil or olive oil non-stick spray (safe even around birds) and nothing sticks. Why risk your own health? (09/14/2007)
As to the olive oil, you can't turn heat up as high with that as you can other oils. It will burn faster. My husband is from the school of, "if the flame goes that high, then it must be OK to use it"! Don't use the highest setting and always stir, then no more burnt food. (09/15/2007)
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