How to Remove Burned Oil From a Pan

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Cooking oils burned onto the surface of a pan create a black, sticky mess. The sticky residue makes food cooked in the pan taste burned and can make it difficult to remove items after you are finished cooking. Also, pans with a thick coating of burned oil do not conduct and transfer heat as well as clean pans. You can remove burned oil from a pan to restore its appearance and usefulness.

Things You'll Need

  • Concentrated liquid dish soap
  • Hot running water
  • Nonabrasive scrubber
  • Baking soda

Wash the pan thoroughly in concentrated liquid dish soap and hot water with a nonabrasive scrubber. Apply medium pressure and scrub in small, tight circles.

Sprinkle baking soda all over the surface of the burned oil and scrub it into the residue with the damp nonabrasive scrubber. Add water to the scrubber and continue to scrub until all the burned grease is covered in a baking soda paste.

Set the pan on a flat surface and allow the baking soda paste to dry completely. This may take as long as a couple of hours, depending on the size of the pan and the temperature and humidity of the environment.

Clean the baking soda crust from the pan under hot running water with the nonabrasive scrubber. Check the pan. If all the oil residue is gone, proceed to Step 5. If not, repeat Steps 2 through 4 until all the burned oil is removed.

Give the pan a final cleaning using the scrubber, concentrated liquid dish soap and hot running water before using it.

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