Fiance decided to try his hand at poppin ghis own popcorn. I wasn’t home to witness what accourred but the few details I received were that
1. He left a hot pan of oil unattended
2. It caught on fire
3. He attempted to put the fire out… (can you see where this is going…?)
4. With WATER!!!
By no means is Fi unintelligent, but when it comes to anything in the kitchen, it’s a DOH! (Using the same knife and cutting board to chop veggies and meat, dishwasher stacking that leaves glasses broken, etc).
He is generally not allowed in lol. Now we have a pan that won’t come clean, it was a black/slightly off black/tan stain all along the bottom, is there anyway to clean it or is it basically a loss?
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.
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!
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 🙂