One of the best things about stainless steel cookware is that, generally speaking, it’s dishwasher safe.
So clean up is easy! But, sometimes your stainless steel pots and pans might need a little bit more attention than an automatic dishwasher can give them.
The following is some tips and ideas for how to give your stainless steel pans a more thorough cleaning when, maybe your cooking hasn’t gone quite to plan. For tips on general cleaning and upkeep of your stainless steel pans click here, but if you’ve got stains or burn marks you need help with, keep reading below.
If not used properly and maintained, stainless steel pans can immediately be discolored or be riddled with ugly burnt marks over time. Some pans might even end up with stuck-on food that is too stubborn and hard to get rid of and might lead you to just throw it away and buy a new one.
Hence, we have made this article to give you some tips and advice to properly clean and keep your stainless steel pans as good as new.
How To Remove Burnt Food From Stainless Steel Pots And Pans
Even if you’ve kept a close eye on what you are cooking, some ingredients are just too fragile and tend to burn faster than others. If you are the one in charge of washing the dishes, the last thing you want to see is a pan full of burnt food which is extremely stubborn and won’t go away without you putting some muscle in to clean it.
In that case, you might want to try out the following methods to deal with this.
Use boiling water and a bit of dish soap
Probably the simplest method, you simply need water and a little amount of dish soap. Get your dirty pan and start by scrubbing off as much as you could with a non-abrasive scrubber to avoid damaging your pan. Next, fill the pan with water just enough to cover all of the stuck-on burnt food, then add a little bit of dish soap to make a soap solution.
Heat up the pan along with the solution and once it starts boiling, you can start scraping off the remnants with a spatula or any other utensil that can be used to scrape it. Most of the burnt on food should come away pretty easily once the water has soaked it.
Use vinegar and baking soda
Vinegar and baking soda can be considered as one of the most iconic duos in terms of cleaning. Any cleaning tips all over the internet will probably list them, which should be a testament to how effective they are. Even the burnt food you’re having trouble dealing with is not safe. In this method, you first need to add water to your pan just enough to submerge the stuck food. Next, add one cup of white vinegar then proceed to boil the water-vinegar solution. Once the solution reaches its boiling point, turn off the heat then add two tablespoons of baking soda to the mix. Stir the solution gently to mix all of the ingredients. Leave it for a while then pour out the solution to empty the pan alongside the stuck food which should be partially dissolved now. Don’t worry if there are still remnants in the pan. You can easily remove them with a non-abrasive sponge or soft cloth – remember, you don’t want to use anything too abrasive or you could permanently scratch and damage your pans.
How To Get Burnt Stains Off The Bottoms Of Stainless Steel Pots & Pans
It happens, we’ve all done it from time to time – you’ve accidentally left your food cooking for longer than you should have and now you’ve got ugly burn marks on your pan. The worst part is along with the burnt food, you’ve most likely burnt some parts of your pan as well, especially the bottom.
However, before you decide to throw it away, consider doing the following easy methods to try and get rid of such ugly marks.
Use baking soda
You probably have some baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda or bicarb soda) lying around in your kitchen. Even if you don’t have it you can easily find it at any grocery store nearest you. Make sure that your pan is completely clean and dry before you start.
Turn over your pan in such a way that the bottom part is facing you then evenly sprinkle the baking soda all over it. You can also mix a small amount of water into your baking soda to make a thick paste if that is what you prefer.
Leave it for a while and when you’re finally satisfied with the result, clean your pan with running water to remove any baking soda leftovers then simply dry it. You might want to repeat this process many times depending on the severity of the burns.
Use baking soda with dish soap
You can also make a paste out of baking soda and dish soap or washing up liquid. You can apply it the same way you did with the plain baking soda paste from the previous method earlier. Just apply the paste you made the same way as the previous method suggests.
For best results, allow the paste to settle on your pan for at least a couple of hours or more. If you do not need to use your pan immediately, you can just leave it overnight. Clean off your pan and make sure there are no traces of the paste left, then just dry it normally and keep it until you use it for your next cooking session.
One of the perks of good quality stainless steel cookware is that it is relatively easy to clean, maintain, and look after. But, sometimes things happen! Hopefully you’ve found the solution you were looking for to get rid of those nasty burn marks and stains on your stainless steel cookware and give them a proper good clean.