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Stainless steel cookware is known to be more durable than other types of cookware. Scraping and scrubbing stainless steel with various cleaning materials will not diminish its quality over time. However, even the most experienced cooks can at times experience their worst nightmare by accidentally burning foodstuffs on the pots, pans, and other dishes.
Under normal circumstances, a simple wash with hot water and dishwashing detergent may do the trick and return the stainless steel pan to its original luster, but in the case of burned foods, this is not always the case.
Let’s look at some of the ways you can remove the burnt on foods from your stainless steel cookware.
1. The boiling method
Add water to your stainless steel pot or pan and bring to a boil for up to ten minutes. The food should loosen off the pot or pan easily. Pour out the boiled water and scrub and scour the remaining burnt food off the pan. If you wish, you can let the hot water stand in the pan for about half an hour before pouring out and scrubbing. If the burnt food still won’t come off the surface, move onto the other methods below.
2. The baking soda method
The simplest method of cleaning burnt on foods from your stainless steel cookware uses the cheapest materials. Fill your stainless steel pot or pan with a measure of water and then add approximately a quarter of a cup of baking soda to the pot or pan.
Heat the pot or pan until the boiling point then simmer the contents for around fifteen minutes. Thereafter let the pot or pan sit for half an hour then wash and scrub the stainless steel cookware as usual. Depending on the severity of the burnt food, this should be sufficient. If not, on to the next method.
3. Baking soda and vinegar method
Fill the stainless steel pot or pan with a measure of water then add a cup of vinegar, preferably white vinegar. Heat the pot or pan to a boil then remove from the heat and add two or three spoons of baking soda to the vinegar solution and let stand for about half an hour as before.
Thereafter wash and scrub the stainless steel pot or pan as usual. Generally, this method is sufficient for most stubborn burnt foods but may require repeating.
4. The Alka Seltzer method
Fill the stainless steel pot or pan with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for a while. Now add about five Alka seltzer tablets to the hot water and let stand for a minimum of one hour. The effervescence of the Alka seltzer should help lift the burnt foodstuffs of the pan. Then wash scrub and scour as normal that should do the trick. If not, do not despair.
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5. The hydrogen peroxide method
Mix a quantity of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda until you have a paste. The quantities will vary on the size of the pot or pan. Coat the inside of the pan with the paste, making sure to rub the paste into the more stubborn areas well.
Let the paste stand in the pot or pan for a minimum of one hour to allow the mixture to do its work. Thereafter soak the pot or pan in warm water and then scrub and scour as normal. With any luck, this should completely remove the burnt food residue.
6. The dryer sheet method
Fill the stainless steel pot or pan with dishwashing detergent and water and bring to a boil, remove from the heat, let the pot or pan stand and then add a dryer sheet to the mix. Leave to stand overnight and then pour out the contents and scrub and scour as normal. The burnt foods and black stains should be gone.
Nothing is worse than having expensive stainless steel cookware gunked up with burnt foodstuffs and stains. The methods above have been used for years by cooks and housewives and in many cases are very successful in removing dirt and grime.
However, it must be noted that these methods may not work the first time, every time and may have to be repeated depending on the severity of the burnt foodstuffs in the pot or pan. If one cleaning method does not work, try another until you find the one that works for your particular issue.