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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.
Total Time: 10-15 minutes
When you have used your oven for cooking or baking and have pots and pans that have to be hand washed, place them upside down on the rack in the warm oven to dry. Do not forget to remove them before you preheat the oven. To remind myself that something is temporarily in the oven, I stick a decorative magnet on the top of the stove.
By mkymlp from NE PA
Do the insides of your pots look dull after washing them in the dishwasher? Want the shine back? Cover the bottom of the pot with tomato sauce, ketchup, or tomato soup, let stand overnight, and wash by hand the next day - the shine will be back. The acid from the tomatoes eat away that dullness.
By Raelene from Clarksville, TN
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.
By boobaboo from Wiggins, MS
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 best cleaner for dirty pans, crock pots, etc. is dishwasher soap! Just put about a tablespoon full into the pan with some hot water and within a short period of time the baked/dried/cooked on food just rinses right out! It's amazing!
By Sniffles from Omaha, NE
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.
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How do you remove baked on stains from pots and pans?
Bar Keepers Friend. It's a non-abrasive cleaning powder found with other cleaning products. I have a set of Kitchen Craft Pots and pans that I inherited from my mother. They are roughly 15 years old and still look brand new!
I purchased a new set of non stick skillets and didn't know a piece of paper was attached to the bottom. I have an electric stove and was using the skillet when I saw something was burning. It was the paper attached to the bottom of the skillet. Now the glue is still on the bottom and I can't get it off. Please help me so I can use this new skillet. I tried elbow grease and a Brillo pad, but I don't want to scrub the paint off. Any and all help would be most appreciated.
By Elizabeth from Clearwater, Fl