The $6 Gadget That’s Saved My Stainless Steel Cookware from Stuck-On Eggs and Melted Cheese

published Sep 12, 2023
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two sunny side up eggs with chili crisp on a white plate with red concentric circles, garnished with sesame seeds and scallions with a fork breaking one of the yolks
Credit: Photo: Lucy Schaeffer; Food Styling: James Park

For years, my home-related hot take was that dishwashers are unnecessary. Why waste time scraping food off a plate, loading it into a machine, and waiting an hour for it to be cleaned when you can just hand-wash it in a minute and be done with the whole thing? Then, I received some cookware that’s honestly a pain to wash, and now I see where all my dishwasher-fanatic roommates are coming from. This still hasn’t been enough to convert me, however. Instead, I just got some nonstick cookware that’s super easy to clean, no scrubbing required. Sometimes, though, I still reach for my other pans because they’re made of high-quality, quick-heating stainless steel. But, come cleanup time, I always regret my decision. Then, I tried the Full Circle pan scrapers from Grove Co. They’ve completely changed the game when it comes to getting food off of stainless steel (and, frankly, everything else), and the best part is, they come in a pack of two for under $6!

What are the Full Circle Power Couple Pan Scrapers?

When you purchase the Power Couple, you get two pan scrapers. You don’t necessarily need both because each one is more than durable enough for daily use, but it never hurts to have a backup. The round little gadgets are made from recycled plastic and recycled nylon, but they feel like flexible silicone. Most importantly, their round design allows them to get into your pans’ and plates’ curves, while their angular offshoots help dig every last bit of food out of tight crevices, like that pesky spot where a pot’s side meets its base. You’ll also be happy to learn that the pan scrapers are heat-resistant and dishwasher-safe, so although they’re tiny, they’re also totally sturdy. Although the Power Couple is designed to be used on dishware, you can also use it to clean your stovetop, counter, and just about any other kitchen surface you see fit.

Credit: Full Circle

Why I Love the Full Circle Power Couple Pan Scrapers

I’ll admit, I didn’t think these scrapers would be very effective. I shoved them in a drawer upon receiving them and forgot all about them, until one night when I just did not have the energy to scrape the stubborn, stuck-on food bits off my frying pan. Wary of losing yet another dish sponge to the fatal affliction of egg remnants, I remembered the pan scrapers and took one out. I was blown away by how effortlessly it glided over the stainless steel, lifting up everything in its path. I didn’t even have to put any muscle into it — just a couple of shovel-like maneuvers to get the especially stuck-on pieces. The scraper’s smooth edge didn’t scratch my pan, but it did get every last bit of egg off in no time. Since then, I’ve used the scrapers to lift a variety of messes off of stainless steel, whether we’re talking overcooked rice, melted cheese, or burnt tofu.

Grove Co. shoppers agree that everyone needs a Power Couple in their kitchen, especially if you don’t own a dishwasher (or you simply refuse to use it). And, because the scrapers are so compact, they won’t take up any excess space inside the drawer. Really, this product is a no-brainer, so snag your own set to help make dishwashing less of a chore.