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This is a super simple tip for a quick and easy way to clean burnt pans. This cleaning method will save you time, effort and money, all without using harsh chemicals.
HOW TO CLEAN BURNT PANS: HOW TO REMOVE BURNT-ON FOOD FROM PANS
You can use this tip to clean burnt on food from all sorts of kitchen pots and pans, including saucepans, baking sheets and oven trays.
Let’s face it, there is nothing duller than spending a lot of time scrubbing and scraping away at burnt on food on the bottom of a saucepan after you’ve finished cooking with it.
It can be a dirty, messy job and it is made harder if you are trying to clean a non-stick pan that you don’t want to damage.
But cleaning burnt food from pans, baking sheets and kitchen saucepans doesn’t need to be a big chore, you just need to follow this simple pan-cleaning tip that I learned from my mum.
My mum shared this tip with me after standing and watching with incredulity as I scrubbed away at a pot.
This tip is a winner, so take note and start cleaning your pots and pans like this from today.
Not only will this tip save you lots of time and effort, it will also leave you with really clean pots to be proud of!!
NO-SCRUB PAN CLEANING TIP
This tip is so SIMPLE, but it works so well!!! There are literally two main steps to it.
- Put some warm water into the pan or saucepan and add some washing up liquid
- Heat the pan/saucepan on the stovetop
The heating of the water and washing up liquid causes the layer of burnt-on food to float off the pan in flakes until it has all come away from the surface and floated up.
Even the thickest layers of burnt gunge at the bottom of a pan will eventually float away from the pan.
You might need to repeat the process twice, but it will work.
You can use the same method with oven dishes and baking sheets, by simply filling the dish or sheet with water and washing up liquid and putting it on a gentle heat in the oven.
Once all the burnt food has separated from the pan you can drain the water through a sieve to leave all the burnt food in the sieve, ready for you to throw away.
Now that you’ve removed all the burnt food from your pots and pans, you might find you are left with some unsightly stains.
Want to know how to remove the stains as well?
Here you go…
HOW TO REMOVE BURN STAINS FROM PANS
You can sometimes be left with a stain from the food that was burnt on.
There is a simple, chemical-free way to get rid of this stain, that works super well.
The best way to get rid of stains from pans is by using white wine vinegar.
Vinegar works especially well on stainless steel pans that have discolouration marks.
So here’s how you go about using the vinegar to have your pots and pans shining like new:
HOW TO USE VINEGAR TO REMOVE BURN STAINS
- Add around 50ml of vinegar to 250ml of boiling water
- Pour the vinegar and water into the pot or pan to soak for a couple of minutes
- Pour the vinegar and water away
- Repeat as necessary
You can also pour some white wine vinegar onto a cloth and wipe around the inside of the pan.
Just make sure to rinse the pan thoroughly afterwards to remove all traces of vinegar.
Please note that you shouldn’t use acidic cleaners on cast iron pots and pans, as this will damage them.
I really hope these simple tips to remove burnt food and burn stains from pots and pans is a big help for you.
Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, she has used her experience as a mum to create useful guides to organising family life. During that time, she has found the most joy in creating lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.