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Old 11-11-2011, 07:02 AM   #1
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Is My Favorite Pot Ruined?

So, my favorite stainless steel pot has been AWOL for about a month. Turns out my son the genius had cooked rice in it for a cookout, then left it out in the garage.

Now the rice has turned to lots and lots of mold.

I was thinking of thoroughly cleaning it, and soaking it in bleach.

Will that make it usable again?

If not, is there a way that will?

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Old 11-11-2011, 07:11 AM   #2
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It's not ruined at all; it's a piece of metal. A dilution of about 1:4 bleach to water will be fine to sterilize the pot after you get the moldy rice out. If you're still worried boil some water in it after you soak in bleach. The bleach solution will sterilize the pot, the boiling water should pull out any residues or starch left in the pot.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:12 AM   #3
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Also, since it is SS, once you get the rice out give it a good cleaning with Bar Keepers Friend and it should be good as new.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:16 AM   #4
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no, it's not ruined.

iwould scrape out as much crud as you can, then soak it in hot water for a few hours, and scrub it well.

fill with water, bring to a boil for a few minutes dump, and scrub again.

finally, scrub it one more time with barkeeper's friend, or another ss cleaner.
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A thick paste of baking soda will remove any residue food. Apply liberally an let dry for 24 hours. It should loosen all residue.
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Once you've decided on a course of recovery for the pot, make your son do all the work, Sean!
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:16 AM   #7
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Once you've decided on a course of recovery for the pot, make your son do all the work, Sean!
I agree with your son doing the work.

As others have said, the pot will be fine. Definitely use the bleach solution to kill the mold and then clean the pot like you would any pot with something stuck to it.
The Barkeeper's friend is a nice touch at the end to polish up the inside of the pot.
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no, it's not ruined.

iwould scrape out as much crud as you can, then soak it in hot water for a few hours, and scrub it well.

fill with water, bring to a boil for a few minutes dump, and scrub again.

finally, scrub it one more time with barkeeper's friend, or another ss cleaner.
Tom mate I have this strange picture in my head of you with the pot.........
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:52 AM   #9
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All of the above shows stainless steel is the best choice for cookware. It's tough, and difficult to damage permanently.

I am not affiliated with the stainless steel cookware industry.
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I agree with your son doing the work.

As others have said, the pot will be fine. Definitely use the bleach solution to kill the mold and then clean the pot like you would any pot with something stuck to it.
The Barkeeper's friend is a nice touch at the end to polish up the inside of the pot.
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