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Old 02-17-2007, 10:54 AM   #1
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Burnt Pans

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I burnt rice to the bottom of my sauce pan and then an omelete to the bottom of a 12" skillet this week. I cannot remove the burn from either. The skillet is by far the worst.

The pans are either aluminium or stainless steel. They both have a thick heavy base, and I think they are stainless steel with an aluminium base but is there a way that I can find out for sure?

Based on the type of pan, how do I get out the burnt on food?

Thanks,

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Old 02-17-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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So long as they don't have a non-stick finish, you can get pretty much everything out using bar keeper's friend. It's great!
In this same cookware forum, there are many questions, just like yours.
Since we're kind of slow here on the weekends, you may not get as many results as you normally would, so I'd start there. Best of luck to you!
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Old 02-17-2007, 11:00 AM   #3
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I would put the pans on the stove add water and simmer for awhile, then you should be able to scrape the bottoms. I like sos pads too !
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Soak for a few hours with a bounce - you know the dryer sheets. It works.
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Old 02-17-2007, 11:54 AM   #5
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you can as a last resort (with all metal pans, nothing with plastic or non stick), continue the action.

that means heating it on the fire to carbonise the whole lot, that carbon comes off quite easily then as an ash.

but you MUST know your cookware well before trying this! and it IS a last resort, I regularly take my woks etc.. to red heat, it doesn`t harm them :)
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Another thing you might want to try is if you determine your pans are stainless steel on the inside, spray the burned-on area with oven cleaning spray, such as Easy-Off. Place some plastic wrap directly on the sprayed area to keep the product from evaporating and to help it work more effectively on the pan. Leave it like this for several hours or overnight.

I clean the racks on my outdoor grill this way except, instead of sealing with plastic wrap, I seal them in trash bags overnight. By morning they are easy to clean and usually look like new.
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be Very carefull with Some oven cleaners though, they contain Sodium Hydroxide, that stuff is HUGE NO-NO with Aluminium!
it`ll corrode it like there`s no tommorow and give of Hydrogen gas! (H2 is Not good!) and turning your pan into sodium aluminate sludge.

it`s perfectly safe on SS though.
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I am with those who simmer or boil it for a while. My fiance seems to think everything should cook on maximim heat- "it cooks faster". After you get the smoke alarms to quit going off.... fill pan with water and place on medium heat, then kindly remind them to please leave the cooking to you, cook them something nice for an incentive to never cook again, and hopefully the pan will be done by then. Daily occurence in my house. Or threaten you need all new pots and pans.
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I would put the pans on the stove add water and simmer for awhile, then you should be able to scrape the bottoms. I like sos pads too !
I'd probably add some vinegar to that but I don't know why.

Barbara, I've never heard of using the Bounce sheets. But when I burn something, I'll give them a shot. Would that work for cast iron, do you think?
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Cast Iron as in Griddle pans, use a brillo wire wool pad, but roll your sleeves up 1`st :)
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