First, to address to residue, I boiled a mixture of half vinegar and half water in the pot for 10 minutes (staying close by this time!). After letting it cool and sit for several hours, I was able to scrub away some of the residue. Needing something more, however, I turned to Bar Keepers Friend, a mild abrasive. It required a fair amount of elbow grease in addition to the Bar Keepers Friend, but I was finally able to get the pot clean. The pot is still discolored on the outside, but it's usable. Whew!
Have you ever boiled a stainless steel pot dry? Were you able to bring it back?
(Image: Emily Ho)