How To Clean Burnt And Dirty Pans

Cooking is something most of us enjoy and take pride in and dinner parties are the perfect way to spoil your friends and family. The downside to this is that your pan sets are likely getting burnt and dirty with every use and this can be a hard thing to combat. Most kitchen pans will succumb to the inevitable burnt food remains at the bottom that even the toughest of scourers won’t be able to beat. Unfortunately, there is no real way of avoiding this, but we do have a few techniques up our sleeves to help you fix the issue when it occurs.
Here we look at 4 ways of cleaning your burnt pans and making them shine again.
Baking Soda – Baking soda will get your pans shining like new! Cover the bottom of the pan with water and add a cup of vinegar. Bring the water and vinegar to the boil, take off heat and add 2 tbsp of baking soda, leaving it to work for a few minutes. Once the mixture starts to fizz, wash the pan and remove any burnt bits with a scourer.
Salt – Salt is great for pans with lighter burn marks. Cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of salt and rub into the burnt areas with a wet sponge to remove any burnt remains and dirt.
Cola – Pour roughly 2 inches of coke, fizzy or flat, into your pan and leave it to soak for 2-3 hours. Use a scraper and remove and burnt remains.
Dryer Sheet – Surprisingly dryer sheets can do more than just freshen your laundry, they work well when cleaning burnt pans too. Put a small amount of washing up liquid in the pan and add roughly 2-3 inches of hot water. Lay a dryer sheet on the water and push it downwards, leaving it to soak for an hour. Rinse the pan and scrub any burnt bits that are left.
And there you have it, clean pans ready for your next soiree!