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Cleaning Stuck Food Off Cookware

When cleaning a mucky frying pan, put water and a squeeze of dish washing liquid into it and bring to a boil. After the water has boiled for a few minutes, it will be easy to clean without much scrubbing.


By Glynis from High Wycombe, Bucks, England

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September 7, 20100 found this helpful

I make gravy most of the time. For some reason that always cleans my pans or pots. Yes, I also make gravy in pots if I have run out of pans for that evening. Still works great. My gravy is made from scratch, don't know if those packages will do the same, but why not. It must be the constant stirring in hot liquid that's doing the cleaning.

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

Just remember to let it cool down before washing, as long as you don't boil out all the water, the food wont re stick.
also if the pan has lots of stuck on food, after about 5 minutes of boiling, take a spatula and loosen the food burned into the pan, do this every 5 minutes or so until all the burned food is gone.

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

Also, pouring the liquid into a hot pan is called de-glazing. It works in making gravy, sauces and cleaning the pans.

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October 27, 20140 found this helpful

Add some water and a teaspoon or two of cream of tartar. Bring to a boil... works like magic! Burnt food just disappears without scrubbing!


I have used this trick for seriously burnt-on (do I have to throw this pan away? foods. You may have to dump the water and do it a few times for really bad burnt on messes.

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November 2, 20090 found this helpful

Clean stuck-on food from cookware by soaking it in baking soda and water for 10 minutes. After soaking, wash as normal. Baking soda can also be used as a scouring powder on the cookware.

By Lisa Trudeau


Cleaning Stuck Food off Cookware

Baking soda is great for cleaning lots of stuff. I use it for getting coffee and tea stains out of cups, coffeemakers, etc. It's also good for cleaning / polishing brass and other metals, bread stones...just about anything that you don't want to risk scratching (as you might with Comet or steel wool). (09/06/2004)


By Warren D. Lockaby

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