Finding blackened pans among kitchen utensils because grease, carbon, or even burned and adhered food particles have remained is common. Frequent use causes the pans to gradually lose their internal adherence and appear especially ‘black’ on the bottom, which is in direct contact with the fire.
If this happens to you with your favorite pans, don’t worry because leaving them looking like new is easier than you think. Take note of how to clean a burnt pan with the simple tricks that we collect for you in this article. They work!
Hot water and soap
- It is a method as simple as it is effective to clean the inside of a burnt pan and it is especially recommended for pans with non-stick coating, since it is a simple trick to remove the burnt, avoiding scrubbing hard and damaging the delicate surface.
- Pour water into the pan and also add a good squirt of liquid dishwashing soap by hand.
- Take it to the fire and wait for the water to heat up.
- When you see it start to boil, remove it from the heat and let it cool down.
- Once the water is warm, take a soft, non-scratch sponge (usually blue) and wipe it over the burnt areas to loosen any stuck-on remains.
- Rinse well and dry the pan.
Baking soda and vinegar
- Cleaning pans with baking soda and vinegar is a way to remove that black layer from burnt areas, also making them recover all their shine. If you don’t know how to clean the pans underneath, putting this trick into practice will come in handy.
- Wash the pan as you normally do and dry it well.
- Turn it over and place it on a clean cloth, so that the part that is in contact with the fire, probably the most burned, is visible.
- Next, spread a generous layer of baking soda that covers the entire bottom part well, focusing especially on the most burned areas.
- Put a napkin or absorbent paper on top of the baking soda and finish by sprinkling with white vinegar, so that all the paper is soaked but without falling apart.
- Let the wonderful cleaning tandem formed by vinegar and baking soda work on the burned surface for at least 2–3 hours. After this time, remove the paper by gently rubbing it and finish by scrubbing the pan as you normally do.
Coarse salt and aluminum foil
- The following remedy is really effective, but beware, it is only valid for traditional frying pans or iron plates . If yours, with use, has been accumulating burnt particles, eliminating them is a priority both for health (eating that carbon is not healthy), and for being able to achieve optimal cooking of food.
- You can do it by adding a few tablespoons of coarse salt and a little water to the pan.
- Also, take some aluminum foil and make it into a slightly flattened ball. This little ‘invention’ is going to become a magnificent sponge.
- Pass it over the entire surface so that the grains of salt have an effective dragging effect and remove the burned layer.
Do you want to know how to clean burnt pans on the outside with two ‘products’ that you surely have at home? The toothpaste you use daily and lemon can do wonders when it comes to leaving those pans sparkling clean.
- Mix a little toothpaste with a few drops of lemon to make a paste that you can spread both below and on the outer sides of the pan.
- Leave to act for approximately one hour.
- After this time, take half a lemon and use it as a sponge, that is, pass it over the entire burned area that you want to recover.
- Finally, wash the pan to remove the toothpaste with the burned particles that will have come off. If the burned layer is very dense, add an extra teaspoon of baking soda to the toothpaste and lemon juice for even greater effectiveness.
There are many good properties of green clay and we know that it is used to make excellent body and facial masks, but another of its lesser-known uses is its application as a cleaning product.
- To make burned pans look like new, mix a little of this clay with a few drops of olive oil, so that you can spread it well over the entire internal and external burned surface.
- Leave to act for a few minutes and scrub gently (without squeezing) with a non-scratch brush or sponge.
- Remove the clay by rinsing the pan with plenty of warm water and dry it before storing it.