We all have those moments in the kitchen, where we look down at a pan and realize that in the process of cooking we've created a deep, black crust on the bottom. Visions of steel wool and days of soaking flicker across our minds. But no. You shouldn't take that pan off the stove until it's already clean. What, you say. Faith, you make no sense. How can you clean a pan while it's still on the stove?
Let me show you what I mean. It's easy, and a matter of courtesy, really: don't pass on your cooking mess to the dish washer of the household (especially if that dish washer is you).