How to Remove the Burnt Bottom of a Stainless Steel Pan

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You've just spent a great deal of time preparing a meal, with just one problem: Your gorgeous stainless steel pot now has a nice coating of burnt-on food. Regular scrubbing won't get rid of the crust, but you can restore your pot to a like-new condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Remove as much of the burnt-on food as you can using regular dishwashing methods.

  • Fill the pan about 2/3 of the way with water and add a generous amount of detergent to the pan.

  • Set the pan on the stove and bring the water-detergent mixture to a boil. Let the mixture simmer for at least 10 minutes, You should see the residue begin to loosen.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and let the water cool until it is just barely warm. Using a scrub sponge, remove the burnt-on food from the pan.

  • Repeat this process for as many times as it takes to remove the burnt-on food.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some people find that using baking soda on stubborn food stains works just as well. Sprinkle the burnt-on food with baking soda and add just enough water to make a paste. Scour the pan with a scrub sponge and rinse. If the mess wasn't too stubborn, it should lift right out.

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