How to Clean a Roasting Pan

If you've had a kitchen mishap and your roasting pan is caked with black burned-on gunk, don't throw out that ugly pan. With a little elbow greased, it can be salvaged.


    • 1

      Fill the roasting pan with ammonia and put the entire pan in a large plastic garbage bag. Tie the top of the bag securely and put the pan away for a few days. Remove the bag, dispose of the ammonia, and wash the roasting pan as usual.

    • 2

      Fill the roasting pan with water and squeeze in a generous dollop of dishwashing liquid. Put the roasting pan on a burner and bring the soapy water to a boil. Let it boil for several minutes and then turn the heat off, allow it to cool and scrub the roasting pan as usual.

    • 3

      Sprinkle baking soda on the burned areas. Mix 1/3 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of hot water and pour it over the baking soda. Allow it to fizz and bubble for a while, and scrub the pan clean.

    • 4

      Spray the roasting pan with oven cleaner in a well ventilated area. Lay the pan on a thick layer of newspapers and let it sit overnight. Soak it in a sink full of hot water the next morning, and wash it with dishwashing detergent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Next time you use a roasting pan, oil it with a thin coating of olive oil to prevent food from sticking.
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