It happens to the best of us — at least, that's what I told myself after letting a stainless steel pot boil dry last week. I set some water on the stove, got distracted, and ... sniff, sniff, what's that burning smell?
First I sighed with relief that the kitchen hadn't gone up in flames, and then I turned my attention to one very discolored piece of cookware. The pot had burned completely dry, turning shades of black, brown, blue with a chalky black residue on the interior. Was it salvageable?