Given that the weather has turned from chilly to cold and the holiday season are approaching, it's officially time for you to use your stockpot and roasting pan. Just the thought of a savory something simmering in the oven or on the stove all day long will do to warm your bones! Unfortunately, it only takes a little recipe miscalculation or perhaps a slightly longer cook time for you to get a scorched pan — and those caked-on burnt bits are notoriously hard to get off.
When you use the big guns, keep this at heart: Depending on which your pan consists of (most of the ones in the marketplace are constructed of metal, enameled cast iron, or aluminum with or with no nonstick coating), you can damage it if you are using a too-scratchy scrubber like steel wool or an ultra-strong cleanser. So start with the gentlest possible fix and work the right path up to something stronger only when necessary.
Here really are a few methods you can test to remove those burnt bits from the scorched pan.
The simplest 4 methods to save lots of a scorched pan without scrubbing
Even the most effective cooks burn their pans sometimes. It can't be helped. You're in the middle of fixing dinner when the phone rings or someone knocks on the door or a variety of distractions pulls you far from the duty at hand. Next thing you know, dinner is burning and your pan is all but ruined.
You can allow it to soak overnight and then waste time attempting to scrub away all evidence of your burnt meal, but who wants to mess around with this? Instead, try one of these brilliant foolproof methods that will restore your pan to its former glory. No scrubbing required.
1. Dish soap and dryer sheet
Probably the most convenient method for cleaning a scorched pan is by using dish soap and a dryer sheet. Simply fill your pan with water, squirt in a little dish soap and drop in a dryer sheet. Be sure you push the dryer sheet on to underneath of the pan and then allow it to sit for an hour. When you pour out the water, you should use a paper towel to wipe out any residue.
2. Cream of tartar
Full disclosure: this approach might need a little scrubbing, but only when your pan is scorched almost beyond recognition. Otherwise, everything should wipe out fairly easily. Start with filling the pan with enough water that underneath is totally covered. Add 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar and set it on the stove with heat on low. When it starts to simmer, wait 5-10 minutes longer before turning off the stove and letting the pan cool. Use a sponge to wipe out the maximum amount of residue as possible. If you have still some gunk left, rinse the pan and put more cream of tartar directly onto the burnt surface. Use a sponge to scrub anything that's left before the pan is clean again.
3. Vinegar and baking soda
Since it's basically impossible to completely clean without vinegar, no one should be surprised by this method. Just fill underneath of your pan with water, add a pot of vinegar and bring everything to a boil. Eliminate the pan from heat and sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Pour everything from the pan and use a sponge to wipe out any gunk left behind.
In the event that you enjoy drinking a good, cold bottle of Coke after having a long trip to work, you might not wish to mess with this method. Because when you see what Coke does to the burnt-on gunk in your pan, you're never planning to want to place that stuff within your body ever again. For those who would like to try this, just pour some Coke into your scorched pan, allow it to simmer for some minutes and then dump it out. Anything remaining should easily wipe out with a sponge. (Side note: You can use other sodas because of this, but Coke appears to be most effective.)