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Old 10-18-2008, 09:58 PM   #1
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Question Hard, caked-on oil on pans

Hi all,

How do you remove that hard, caked-on oil from pans? I don't know what it's called, but I think it happens when you have oil on a pan that's heated and then cooled, and then it becomes this hard substance sticking to the pan like glue. That's my theory, but I might be completely wrong.

It's happened to my pans before and I usually manage to get it off after some serious scrubbing with a medium-hard sponge. However, it's mysteriously appeared on my good cookie sheet recently, and scrubbing doesn't take it off!

I've tried soaking it in dishwasher detergent. I'm contemplating using oven cleaner on it, but I'm worried that might mess up the good non-stick surface of my cookie sheet.

Please let me know, and thanks for the help.

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Old 10-18-2008, 10:13 PM   #2
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It should not even happen on a non stick pan. What were you making for this to happen?
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:48 PM   #3
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You might try a product called Dawn Power Dissolver. You spray it on and let it sit for 16-30 minutes then scrub it off. It really reduces the effort needed to get that crud off. I scrub with a blue scrubber sponge (safe for non-stick).
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:50 AM   #4
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It should not even happen on a non stick pan. What were you making for this to happen?
I honestly don't know where it came from! I take out the cookie sheet yesterday and it's got that stupid stuff all over it. It's spread out thin over maybe 30% of the surface, and it's got thicker clumps along the edges.

Ok, it's altogether possible that someone else who lives with me did it, even thought I made a point of telling everyone that the cookie sheet is just for cookies.

@Andy M., that product sounds like the ideal solution, thanks for the tip. Although, I'm apprehensive of buying it when I'll only be using it this once.

I'm hoping someone will come along this thread with a free idea...
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:17 AM   #5
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...@Andy M., that product sounds like the ideal solution, thanks for the tip. Although, I'm apprehensive of buying it when I'll only be using it this once...

Why are you confident it won't happen again?
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:32 AM   #6
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I would use Awesome (can get it at Dollartree, comes in a spray bottle). Also, don't use spray releases like Pam on non-stick, it just makes a sticky, gooey, mess out of pans.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:59 PM   #7
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Hi, bagha, and welcome to DiscussCooking! Hopefully, you will return for more than just this problem!

You are looking for something "free" to use on this "gook"....well, here is my advice!

First, NEVER use oven cleaner on your non-stick ANYTHING! That is a sure-fire way of permanent destruction of your cookware and bakeware!

Here is something that my Nonna taught me over 30 years ago, works EVERY time, and calls for no muscle other than the lifting and transporting of your pans and/or bakeware!

Place your gooked up pans inside a plastic garbage bag. You can use your "regular" plastic trash bags or even those from your markets, but just make sure there are no holes in them. Place your cookware in the bag, then place a ramekin, large glass ashtray, or other small GLASS bowl, into the bag, on TOP of one of the bakeware items. Fill that GLASS bowl with PLAIN amonia, then tightly seal the open side of the bag, either by tying it closed or by twisting and then tying with one of those paper covered wire twisty thingies. Place the bag with the amonia and your gooked cookware into your oven or any other confined area (like in a box with a lid and place the box in your garage or basement, etc.) and let sit over night or for 12 hours. After that time, peek at your cookware and see how it looks. It SHOULD, by this 12 hour mark, be clean. If not, re-seal the bag and let the cookware sit for several more hours. Depending on how thick and baked/cooked into your pans this gook is, will determine how long this will take. The gookiest can take a day. When this is reached, simply wash your pans/cookware with plenty of hot soapy water and thoroughly rinse.

I have had this gook appear from "who knows where?", and have used this trick from Nonna ever since, and without fail! Hope you have just as much success!
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:55 AM   #8
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Wow, thanks for all the advice everyone! I'm going to try out one of these tips depending on what I get my hands on first (dawn, awesome, or ammonia).

And many thanks QUEEN-GUINEVERE for your cool tip. I'm gonna keep it in mind for future problems as well.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:01 AM   #9
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You're quite welcome bagha! And for the cost of amonia, something like 29 cents for a gallon (at least here, that's what it costs) and for a few hours of time, can't beat the price with a stick! If you work, put the pans in the bag before you go to bed, let them set overnight, and all day while you are at work, and when you come home, before or after dinner, your near 24 hours will be met and your pans/cookware should be clean. You will not miss the time this process takes.

Good luck to you!
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:13 AM   #10
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I love a lot of older ideas the best as they seem to work great and dont cause further destruction.
My kids even tho I threaten..invar. cook something on my cookie sheets..breaded shrimp comes to mind and oven cooked fries :/

I now use that paper to line cookie sheets to bake my cookies..best thing I ever did. Just slide paper and all ontop cooling racks..dont have to hurry and get cookies off an dthey don't break this way too.
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