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I burnt a Revere pan, not copper bottomed, making hot fudge icing. How do I clean it?
bpcazer from Brinkley, AR
My mama used to boil potato peelings in whatever pot needed a good scrub. Tomato products (i.e, paste or sauce) will also help to clean stainless pans. Just heat it and allow to stand. And then there's also the metal scrubbers and Brillo.
I have the solution to your problem, This will work on the copper bottom and the inside that was burned from water, milk, etc. My husband is a bodywork man, fixing and painting cars. When he paints cars, afterward he has to wet sand and buff the paint to get out imperfections. He uses a 1000 grit or 1,500 grit sandpaper, it's really fine grain.
I use it on the inside and the outside of my Revereware pans. You have to let a slow flow of water run on it the whole time your scrubbing. It does not scratch the pans because it's such a fine grain of sandpaper. I promise you it will not scratch and they come out looking brand new. You have to remember to run a trickle of water over it as you're scrubbing. You're wet sanding the burnt stuff and film off the pan. If it works on car paint without scratching, it will work on your pans. I have been using this method for 20 years now with perfect looking pans. You can get the sandpaper at the hardware or automotive store. Ask for 1000 grit to 1,500 wet dry sandpaper. It doesn't take much scrubbing either. I promise you will never go back to any other way again after using this method.
An overnight soak with full strength household ammonia will loosen a lot of burnt pan messes, especially if they had some oil, grease, or fat content. Put the pan in a plastic garbage bag and tie the bag tight to contain the fumes.
The very easiest way to clean off the black encrusted burnt grease from copper bottom revere ware iis to throughly clean the inside then put the pan on a burner until the inside turns blue/grey. Take it off the heat and let it rest . DO NOT RINSE until cool. This will warp the pan.
The black stuff will just flake off and you can clean the inside with Comet or such to remove the blue and the outside with water and, for a great shine, with Brasso, Bright Boy or my favorite, Weimans's Metal Creme. But be very careful, if you heat too long the copper will melt off. Check it after 3/4 minutes. It should look flaky/bubbly.
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Appreciate any suggestions! Thanks!
Cnil from No CA
I know you don't want to hear this but I have done the same thing and all I can recommend is Cameo Stainless Steel Cleaner and lots of elbow grease. I do have a Black and Decker ScumBuster that helped with the elbow grease! (01/06/2006)
Make a paste of Baking soda and a small amount of hot water to the level of the burn inside the pan. Leave it overnight. With a spoon, loosen all the debris possible and discard, Repeat, scraping with the spoon until you get to the point after repeated treatments of the soda overnighters that you can use an SOS pad successfully. If the bottom is copper-clad, Twinkle copper cleaner or ketchup or salt and vinegar will restore the shine after you have scrubbed the bottom of the pan. (Using a spoon inside the pan allows you to burnish the round parts of the pot without scraping the metal as a knife would.) (01/06/2006)
I've always had good results with letting it soak with powdered dishwasher detergent in it dissolved in hot water.
Best of luck
Try putting some vinegar in the pan and boiling it for several minutes. Then rinse out the pan and use a "scratcher" of some sort to take off the crud. (01/06/2006)
I always put a little bleach and let it soak overnight. That always does the job. (01/06/2006)
Put a used dryer sheet in the pan, fill with hot water, and let it soak overnight. Then just wash it out as you normally would. I've used this several times and it has always worked. (01/06/2006)
The suggestion using the baking soda & hot water overnight will do the trick. I've used it many times.My Revere Ware is 54 years old. (01/06/2006)
I just burnt the bottom of my big stainless soup pot. I used hot tap water and liquid dish soap and left it in the sink overnight to soak. Today I rinsed it out and used a stainless pancake turner to scrape off the gunk.Then followed that with Barkeepers cleanser and a wet scrubby sponge. Cleaned up just like new. And this pot was my mom's and she had them over 60 years. (01/06/2006)
By Vi Johnson
I did the same thing, used a tablespoon of baking soda and boiled it with hot water, let it cool overnight. You may have to do this a couple of times, be sure and loosen the burn after each time. By the way, I now use Instant Oatmeal which does not taste the same but does not burn any more pots.
I inherited several copper-clad bottom Revere pans from an aunt who had been blind for several years. They were all badly burned. I used a paste of lemon juice and baking soda to clean them. (01/07/2006)
Another way to clean burned-on food is to fill the pot with water and bring to boil. Add a healthy amount of bleach then let the water continue to boil. Eventually, all the stuff is lifted, disappears or gets so soft it's easy to remove. My grandmother taught me this and it's worked for over 40 years. It works well on cast iron frying pans, too. (01/07/2006)
I don't have that cookware, but I know when I have had burnt food on the bottom of a pan, I put a fabric softener sheet in and add boiling water to it and set it for the night. When I tried it I was skeptical but it worked.
Buy some stainless steel polish. It causes a chemical reaction that results in the lifting of stains. (01/11/2006)
Well, I don't know if it'd work on a pot but I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to get baked on food and grease off my loaf pan. It's a clear Pyrex pan that I'd made meatloaf in and after letting it soak with hot soapy water all night, it still had some baked on gunk. I thought what the heck, I'd try my magic eraser and sure enough, it took all that stuff off effortlessly. I'm not sure if it would dull the finish or not so try just a small spot first. I used to use Revere Ware and got real tired of cleaning those copper bottoms. Now I use T-Fal! (01/11/2006)
Hi, I just want to let everyone know, that I happen to burn my pan from not putting enough water in the pan to boil my veggies. My 1st time ever doing this the pan isn't a cheap pan. So I googled "how to clean burnt pan" and got this awesome site. I boiled the pan in water, dish soap and vinegar while stirring the whole time, within 10 min of stirring it all came off! (07/05/2007)
By Heather Ross
I removed as much of the burned on food as possible, then sprinkled salt generously in the pan. I added a couple inches of water and put it back on the stove to simmer a while. Most of the stuff came out with a little scraping. (07/22/2007)