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Old 07-14-2006, 08:16 AM   #1
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Burned food in nonstick sauce pan

I have a non-stick pan that I burned some barley in. What is the best way to get it clean?

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Old 07-14-2006, 08:18 AM   #2
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I am no expert but if I was in that situation I would just soak it for a couple of hours before washing it.
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:21 AM   #3
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Buy some barkeepers friend. It is a powdered cleanser that in non abrasive so it is safe for non-stick pans. That stuff will get just about anything clean.

The other thing I like to do is put a good amount of water in the pan and bring to a boil then use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom clean.
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Old 07-14-2006, 09:54 AM   #4
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Sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda into the pan, pour on some vinegar. Leave overnight, then scrub with a nylon scrubber. You may need to repeat if the food is really baked on, and if it doesn't work after a few goes, toss the pan, because once the coating reaches a certain temperature, it isn't non-stick any more anyway, and if it's Teflon it can then become a cancer-risk because of a chemical change due to high heat. Or so I'm led to believe.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:01 AM   #5
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once the coating reaches a certain temperature, it isn't non-stick any more anyway
This is not necessarily true. I have used my non-stick pans on very high heat and never had a problem. My pans are still extremely non-stick.

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and if it's Teflon it can then become a cancer-risk because of a chemical change due to high heat. Or so I'm led to believe.
Well this is only part of the truth and even that is up for debate among some people. Yes Teflon does "gas off" when heated too high and for a long enough time. Small animals, like birds, have died because someone has left an empty non-stick pan on high heat for a while. To my knowledge no human has ever been affected.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:30 AM   #6
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Let it soak overnight in soapy water. It should come clean. Then clean it with a baking soda paste to remove the burnt smell.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:51 AM   #7
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What brand of pan is it? If it is one that has a lifetime warranty then if it does not come clean you may be able to get it replaced.
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:46 PM   #8
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Throw it out

There have been recent studies that strongly suggest that teflon is harmful to humans.
I always loved the teflon pan, never worrying about anything sticking, but also never learning how to cook so food didn't stick.
I've since invested in some wonderful cast iron pans, the best way to go...
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:11 PM   #9
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I love cast iron as well. In my kitchen I have a variety of different pieces of cookware. SS, Ceramic, Cast Iron (both enameled and not) non-stick and they all get used.

What studies are you referring to VeraBlue? I would love to check them out.
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Old 07-14-2006, 09:15 PM   #10
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I personally would never use even barkeepers friend on a non=stick pan. Soak it and add vinegar.
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