How to Remove Burnt Food From the Bottom of a Stainless Steel Pot


Stainless steel cookware is a durable choice in most kitchens. It last for many years and requires minimal maintenance. Unfortunately, stainless steel rarely provides a nonstick surface, so food quickly burns to the bottom of it if you forget to oil the pot or leave food to cook too long. While an overnight soak in hot water will loosen the food, there are quicker options to get your cookware clean and ready to use again.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish scrubber
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Using hot water and a dish scrubber, remove as much of the burnt food as possible from the pot. Do not chip at the burned food with a knife or other hard object, as this can damage the stainless steel.

  • Sprinkle baking soda on top of the burnt spots, covering them completely. Fill the pot with 3 to 4 inches of water, and add a squirt or two of liquid dish soap.

  • Warm the pot on the stove over medium heat. Bring the water to a rapid simmer, and let it simmer for five to 10 minutes.

  • Pour the water from the pan, and wash it a second time with the dish scrubber. Most, if not all, of the food should come off easily. If any food remains in the bottom of the pot, add baking soda and water, then simmer a second time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid using acid cleaners like vinegar on stainless steel, as it can damage the surface.

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