How to Clean a Pizza Pan

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Grease and burnt crust must be removed from pizza pans.
Grease and burnt crust must be removed from pizza pans. (Image: part de pizza image by Magalice from Fotolia.com)

Pizza pans are round pans usually made of aluminum or stainless steel. Pans may be completely flat or may have a raised lip. The pans are usually easy to keep clean if you clean them after each use. However, grease may collect along the interior wall of pans with a raised lip, and burnt spots, along with old crust, may develop on the flat surfaces. To properly clean and maintain your pizza pans, you should not overlook these areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Dish-washing liquid
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sponge
  • Towel

Place the pizza pan in your kitchen sink. If it doesn’t fit flat, then lean it on the sink’s side.

Fill the sink with warm water. Add 1 tbsp. of dish-washing liquid as the sink is filling.

Put on rubber gloves. Lift the pizza pan partway out of the water and sprinkle baking soda over the surface. Use at least 1 tbsp. of baking soda if food has burned onto the pan.

Wet a sponge in the water. Scrub the rim of the pan, including the interior side of the lip if applicable, to remove grease that may have collected there.

Scrub the surface of the pan, front and back. Let the pan then slip back into the water if it needs soaking. Allow the pan to soak for 15 minutes if food is stuck to the surface.

Wipe the pan with the sponge to remove loosened food particles. If they are difficult to remove, let it soak for another 15 to 30 minutes.

Rinse the pan beneath warm running water. Dry with a clean towel before storing.

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