Ah, I hate to admit how much experience I’ve had with cleaning burned pots. In fact, hardly a week goes by that I don’t get careless and end up having to clean a burned pan. While it is often difficult to remove burned pot stains, it can be done. So if you want to know how to remove burned on food from a pan or how to clean burned residue in a pan, read on.
How to Avoid Having to Clean a Burned Pan
Before I go into how to remove burned on food from pans, let me just say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, never leave a pot unattended, never heat a pan on high heat unless you’re boiling water or searing a piece of meat, and always make sure that there’s at least a little liquid in the bottom of your pan when’s you’re cooking.
Cleaning Burned Pots
I know that you are probably reading this because you need to clean a burned pan so let’s get started.
As soon as your pan cools, use a metal spatula to gently scrape as much residue as possible from the bottom of the pan. Do not do this on a non-stick surface and be careful not to scratch the pan.
Fill the pot with enough hot water to cover the bottom and let it soak overnight. The next day, rinse the pot and scrub it with a piece of steel wool, again being careful not to scratch the pan.
If you still have stains, sprinkle the burned spots with baking soda and then add enough vinegar to make it foam. When the foam dies down, add a few cups of hot water and bring it to a boil. Boiled rapidly for 30 minutes and then allowed the pot to cool. Pour out the mixture and rinse well. Scrub again.
If all of the above steps have failed to remove the stains, try this last, desperate measure. Pour about ½ inch of chlorine bleach into the bottom of the pan and let it sit overnight, preferably outdoors. Rinse and scrub one last time.
If your pot still has burned spots after all the above steps, you should probably just accept that they are there to stay. I’m sorry, but there’s really nothing else to do.Print This Article