Cleaning burnt food off a pan is one of the least enjoyable parts of cooking. Maybe you got distracted while frying meat and its charbroiled remains are stuck to the pan. Another possibility is that you forgot to grease the pan before putting anything in it.Whatever the reason for the burnt food residue, you have a mess on your hands and don’t look forward to scrubbing the pan clean.Fortunately, there’s an alternative to this hard, time-consuming work.
Sprinkle a cup or two of baking soda in the bottom of the scorched pan and add just enough water to cover. Simmer for 15 minutes to 1/2 hour, repeating if necessary. The most crusted on black burned mess will fall right off leaving a sparkling pan.Ordinary table salt will work in a pinch as well.
White vinegar and a regular kitchen scrub brush. Pour in enough vinegar to cover the bottom of the pan and then simmer for a bit. The burnt on stuff should scrub right off. Inexpensive and completely natural. (You could also substitute fresh or bottled lemon juice.)
Add about 1/2 inch of Hydrogen Peroxide to the pot. Heat until it starts to bubble up. Simmer about 10 mins..and brush with a scrub brush. Repeat as needed. It gets into the bond of the carbon and lifts it of the pan. It will bubble and stink, so turn on your vent.But it won’t harm your pans.
Bring water to a boil in the offending pan and add either a fabrics oftener sheet or a tablespoon of liquid fabric softener. Soak for several hours or overnight and the burnt on bits will easily wash away.
Pour a thick layer of ketchup over the burnt on mess and let sit overnight. The next day you should be able to simply rinse the mess away. If you still need a little elbow grease, it won’t be much. The acid from the tomatoes eats off the burned food.
Fill the pan with Coca-Cola. Allow it to set in the pan for several hours, or until the food is loosened. Use a scraper to remove as much of the residue as possible, then clean with a plastic scrubber to scrub away the rest. Wash as usual. Scary that this one works so well! Yikes!
Dishwasher tablets or dishwasher powder. Throw in a tablet (or sprinkle enough powder to cover the bottom of the pan,) add hot water, and let it do its’ thing. When the water is cooled, scrub clean. A particularly bad burn might require a couple of treatments, but it works.
The 7 Best Ways To Clean Burnt Food From Your Pots & Pans