Cooking Tip: Cleaning Burnt Pans

I had the great idea recently to have a nice warm breakfast on a Sunday morning before heading off to church early.  I made the Steel Cuts Oatmeal recipe without the milk the night before and stuck it in the refrigerator.  On Sunday morning, I put the oats on the burner, added the milk and allowed it to heat while I got ready.  I allowed it to heat a little too long.  It was a bit more than a little too long…the pan was scorched and nothing was salvageable.  Needless to say, we had no breakfast on that particular Sunday morning.

When I finally decided to attend to the burnt mess, I had another problem.  I could not get the pan clean.  Here is what I tried:

  1. Soaked with water and soap for a day.  Nope, didn’t work.
  2. Heated up the pan with soap and water, then tried scraping out the burn with a knife.  Didn’t work either.
  3. Made a baking soda/soap mixture and let it sit in the pan.  Then I heated this up and nope…nada.
  4. Soaked the pan in hydrogen peroxide (yes, I did!).  This got a little out.
  5. Finally, I soaked the pan in vinegar.  This method worked the best.  There are still a few little specks of burn in the pan, but not enough to toss the whole pan out.

So, does anyone have anything to offer for the next time I decide to burn our wonderfully soothing and warm Sunday breakfast? There has to be something better than the week-long process that I used.

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2 Responses to Cooking Tip: Cleaning Burnt Pans

  1. Desi says:

    Bar Keepers Friend and a scouring pad works like a dream for this! I use it on my pans every time i cook to keep them looking shiny and new:)

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