Cleaning Pots and Pans

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November 20, 2012

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


  1. Add water to pot/pan.
  2. Place on stove burner set on medium to low heat.
  3. Let simmer 10-15 minutes tops.
  4. Gently scrape with a wooden turner/spatula to loosen food particles.
  5. Wash, rinse, and dry as usual.
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November 4, 2009

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.

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March 12, 2019

I found an otherwise nice large pizza pan with perforated holes in the free box at a moving sale. It was covered front and back with dried on grease spots (the tan sticky kind) and I wondered if I could save it because it was a nice heavy aluminum one, good for crispy crusts.

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September 10, 2004

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner (It really will come fast!). I want to share a tip for cleaning the turkey pan.

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December 10, 2010

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.

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June 11, 2010

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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June 4, 2004

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".

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October 3, 2007

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 ...

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June 10, 2004

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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January 2, 2015

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 aljrunge from Clearwater, Fl


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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

You may still be able to use it. It may need to burn itself off.

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December 27, 2013

How do you remove baked on stains from pots and pans?



January 8, 20140 found this helpful

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!

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February 17, 2012

This is a page about cleaning burnt pots and pans. Occasionally it happens that foods are burned onto your cookware, and it can be a challenge to get it clean again.

Burnt Pans

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January 22, 2020

Do you have empty shampoo or conditioner bottles? Make your own pot scrapers. This is an excellent reuse/recycle idea. They can be fun, free gifts for friends.

A bunch of pot scrapers cut from recycled plastic.

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