(Closed) Can you clean a burned pot?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Toss it, especially if it has a coating of any kind such as non-stick or it’s anodized.  The fire may cause the coating to flake off into your food the next time you use the pan and those coatings are not good for you; some are even considered to be carcinogenic.  Don’t take the chance, toss it and buy a new pan.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If it’s not a nonstick pan, try letting it dry, then making a paste of salt and water (should be pretty thick paste, like the salt should be just barely damp, and it works better with table salt than kosher or sea salts) and rubbing the stain off with the paste and a rough paper towel. A regular paper towel like Bounty won’t be up to the task; you want paper towels like you get in public restrooms that are more paper than towel, but if you can’t get those, newspaper works or a crumpled up bit of paper grocery sack works too.  

If it’s a nonstick pan it’s pretty much toast as the high heat has probably damaged the coating.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

If it’s non-stick, it’s likely better to throw it away. If it’s a regular steel/aluminum pot, you can put baking soda on it with some water (make a paste), leave it for awhile, and then try scrubbing again.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Boiling with potato skins is supposed to lift off whatever sticks to the bottom of the pan, apparently there is something in them that is regularly used in heavy duty pot cleaner.  Never tried, but read it on chowhound.  I’d forget it if the pan is non stick.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Try bar tenders friend. You can find it at Target or Walmart. I burnt butter in a stainless pan and it cleaned it right off! Plus you can use it for tons of other stuff.

 

If it is non-stick I would chuck it.  You should not use them on high heat, especially when there is nothing in there to absorb the heat.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

A very generous sprinkle of baking soda an a good queeze of lemon almost always works for me (only if it ISN’T a non-stick pan though; if it’s non-stick then toss it). Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@CarolineM:  +1, except I think it’s called “Bar Keeper’s Friend” – it comes in a cylindrical cardboard container (looks kinda like Comet cleaner). I haven’t seen it Walmart or grocery stores but they do have it at Bed Bath & Beyond. Plus you can use a coupon that way. That stuff is awesome.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@xstine515:  you are definitely right!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Yup you can save a scorched stainless steel or copper pan and you don’t need any special products. P rewash the pan to remove any loose bits of food then add some water and a few drops of liquid detergent and heat the pan for about a minute on the stove. This loosens up any grease and stuck on food. Add a bit more water and some baking soda and scrub with a kitchen brush or sturdy dish sponge. I do this about every two weeks to really degrease my frying pans.  You can also check this video on YouTube. Good luck!

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I third Bar Keeper’s Friend or Stainless Steal Cleaner by Comet. Both should take the stain out easily. I burned the heck of out a stainless steal pot & the Stainless Steal Cleaner by Comet took the stain right out. It only costs $1.99 at Target 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You could try using Dawn and water. Just boil the water, be aware though that the soap will bubble A LOT. Boil for about 7-10 minutes, it works everytime for me. (If it is not a non-stick pan)

You are out of lucky if it was a non-stick pan….

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

if it’s a non-stick pan, i don’t think it would be safe to use again. toss it.

if it is not, then try vim cleaner.  it works wonders on anything baked on casserole dishes, crockpots, etc.  if would probably work.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

boil baking soda, water, and vinegar…not too much for 15 minutes

the icky burnt stuff slides right off!

 

 

i was the one who burnt the popcorn in my house. but i blame my friend because we were drinking wine and carrying on and it was a little toasty. oops

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