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:
- Soaked with water and soap for a day. Nope, didn’t work.
- Heated up the pan with soap and water, then tried scraping out the burn with a knife. Didn’t work either.
- Made a baking soda/soap mixture and let it sit in the pan. Then I heated this up and nope…nada.
- Soaked the pan in hydrogen peroxide (yes, I did!). This got a little out.
- 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.