Kitchen Nightmares: Cleaning Scorched and Burnt Food Off Pots and Pans

Kitchen Nightmares: Cleaning Scorched and Burnt Food Off Pots and Pans

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Emma Christensen
Jul 24, 2008
This ever happen to you? We'd just finished enjoying a home-cooked meal and went back to the kitchen for clean-up to find this. Scorched food burnt to the bottom of the pan. Sigh. It happens. We're searing something and take it a little too far. Or we're making soup and don't realize the bottom has burned until it's too late. It happens. And when it does, here are a few things we try: 1. Deglaze the Pan. If it's a stainless steel or enamel pan (not non-stick), put the empty pot on the stove and crank the heat up to high. When a drop of water sizzles and evaporates immediately, pour in a cup of room-temperature water. After the steam cloud dissipates, scrape the pan mercilessly with a wooden spoon or spatula. If that doesn't work... 2. Soak and sit. Fill the pan with warm water and dish soap, and let it sit for a few hours. Use the rough side of a scrubbie and some elbow grease to work away the burnt food. If that doesn't work... 3. Simmer and soak. Fill the pot with water, add a healthy squirt of dish soap, and simmer for 10-20 minutes. Let the pot cool for a half an hour and then use a scrubbie or a wooden spatula to scrape up the burnt residue. We've also heard that baking soda works wonders, either made into a paste to soak the mess or dissolved into water and boiled. How do you clean your worst burnt-on messes? Related: Help! Getting Rid of Lingering Food Smells (Image: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)
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