The Magical No Scrub Pan Cleaner
What a lovely picture, eh? Have you ever looked at your after-dinner pots and inwardly groaned? Or maybe you don't make a secret out of it and make your displeasure known to the world. "Why do you have to cook on high?!?" yells your not-so-inner critic. Then you come up with a brilliant solution: you tell your teenager it's her turn to wash the pans that night. Ha!
See this post to get my awesome rice pudding recipe that was yummy to eat, but not so lovely after we finished. Thank goodness I know the magic secret sauce to getting rid of all the burned on junk with no work on my part.
2 Ingredients: Baking Soda and Water
I really, really like my stainless steel pans. They were a wedding gift from my family. My grandpa sold Saladmaster cookware from his young days until he had to stay home because of health issues - into his 80's. He loved his job.
The only inconvenient part of these pans is the decidedly non-stick feature of the metal. My set came with a small shaker jar of stainless steel cleaner. I didn't use it much. It left a residue on the pan after cleaning that took a few extra rinses to get off. BLECH! I pitched it in the trash.
I don't know when I learned this trick, but it's been a while. It works like a charm and is so easy. You just need baking soda and water.
It's best done soon after the pan has been used. It seems like the longer I let something sit in the pan, the harder it is to remove.
Turn your stove on high and let the water boil. As it boils, it turns the baking soda into a mild abrasive - scrubbing all the food off for you without scratching the surfaces.
I was too late.
Here it comes. It just peels right up. Gotta love baking soda!
Be warned: stainless steel has been known to warp if it goes from hot to cold too quickly. Thank goodness it's never happened to me, but it did happen to my mom. The pan was totally ruined.
Easy peasy! You'll have your pan looking as good as new in no time.
Let me know if it works for you!
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