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Old 12-29-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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Frying pan STILL smells like onions

I have an All-Clad non-stick frying pan I have used for a few years. This past week I sauteed some onions in it and can't get rid of the onion smell.

All day today I've made a paste of baking soda and water and let the paste soak up the smell but the smell is still there (I've done 3 sets of soaking and washing).

I cook with onions a few times a week and have never had a problem with my cookware holding the smell.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this???

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Old 12-29-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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Hi, Emily. Welcome to DC

Maybe try rubbing it with some lemon juice? I only use my non-stick pan for eggs, so I'm not sure if this will help or not. Good luck.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:04 PM   #3
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Some Bar Keepers Friend and a brillo pad.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:07 PM   #4
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jeeks... will BKF and Brillo hurt Non Stick?.... non stick is sort of alien to me... I am always too worried about ruining it... so when I tossed my last cheapo ns skillet I never got another.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:09 PM   #5
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Bar Keepers Friend is fine for non stick, but unless I am mistaken, Brillo is not.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:15 PM   #6
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If you've washed it with soap and water, just go ahead and cook something else in it. I'd bet that will get rid of the smell. I would not expect the onion smell to effect subsequent dishes.

I would not use BKF on a non-stick surface.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:20 PM   #7
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I would not use BKF on a non-stick surface.
Sorry for my bad advice. I am not sure what I was thinking when I typed that it was OK. Apparently I was not thinking and that was the problem.

Andy is correct. BKF is not non-stick friendly.
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Didn't catch the nonstick part.

Maybe simmer some water and vinegar?

I never had a pan keep the smell of what I was cooking....regular or non-stick.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:37 PM   #9
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If you've washed it with soap and water, just go ahead and cook something else in it. I'd bet that will get rid of the smell. I would not expect the onion smell to effect subsequent dishes.
If that doesn't work --- Place three or two charcoal briquettes in the pan -- cover/seal with Saran Wrap -- Let it sit for a couple of days -- I don't think you will have to do that however...Just cook in it and ---

Have Fun & Enjoy!
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Bar Keepers Friend is fine for non stick, but unless I am mistaken, Brillo is not.
You're not mistaken! In fact, there is not one single manufacturer of good cookware who recommends the use of Brillo or any other steel wool product on their cookware. Not one. Seriously.

Be sure to read ALL the suggestions that come with your pots and pans before you deface them with steel wool.
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