Cleaning Burned Pots And Pans
If the burn is moderate-meaning, not easy to clean, yet not burned to a crisp-put about 2" of water in the pot and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, cover the pot and let it boil five minutes.
As soon as it's cool enough to touch, scour off the burn. It it doesn't come right off, add a few tablespoons of baking soda and or distilled white vinegar. Give it a few minutes to sink in and scour again.
For moderate burns, boil 1 cup of cola in the pot, wait for it to cool and then you should be able to scrub off the burn.
If the burn is severe fill the pan halfway with water. For a small pan add 1/4 cup of baking soda. For a large pan add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Bring it to a boil, then watch as it continues to boil. The burned pieces should float to the top.
If it doesn't happen within a reasonable amount of time, chances are that it's never going to happen because the pan was scorched beyond salvation. Sorry!
If you really love the pan and are willing to try anything to save it, fill it with mud from your yard or garden and keep it that way over-night. The next day use the mud to scrub the pan. This is your last chance. If it doesn't work then nothing is going to clean it.
Caring For Aluminum Pots
to remove stains, fill the pot with enough water to cover all the stains. Then gently boil with a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice added to the water. After about five minutes take the pot off the stove, wash the pot with dish detergent and rinse and dry.
To clean up a blackened pot put 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar and two cups of water in the pot. Boil the mixture for 3 - 5 minutes. Then wash and dry and the blackened area should be gone.
Warning About Aluminum Pots and Pans And Birds
If you have live birds in the house like Parakeets, Parrots, Love Birds, Etc. don't use aluminum pots or pans in your kitchen or you can make your bird or birds very sick and in some cases kill them.
Caring For Stainless Steel Pots
While rainbows are beautiful, you don't necessarily want them on your stainless steel pots. Rainbows on stainless steel pots will disappear if you rub them with a bit of olive oil.
Cast Iron Cookware
Even though cast iron cookware is an excellent source of dietery iron, you won't want food that tastes like cast iron. And it won't if you season the pot or pan before you cook in it for the first time. Seasoning it will also prevent food from sticking to the pan or pot.
Season it by rubbing a thin layer of vegetable oil with a soft cloth or paper towel. Then put the pan in a 250 degree oven for 2 hours, until it's smoky and blackened.
To remove rust from your cast-iron cookware, mix sand with enough vegetable oil to make a thick gritty paste. Smear the paste on the rusty portions of the cast iron pot or pan. Then scour it with steel wool. When the rust is gone, wash the pan throughly and reseason it.
Crazyhorsesghost and Thomas Byers are one in the same person. I've been cooking as a Executive Chef for over fifty years now and feel I have a lot of cooking information to share. Yes I know it would make a Great Hub Page but I chose to post it here in the forums for everyone to enjoy. I love cast-iron and have a huge collection of it. If you'll take good care of it then it will last for generations.
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Thanks so much for these tips, Crazyhorseghost. I will try them.
You are some kind of kitchen guru for sure... I have to say, Ive never had anything burned on a bottom of a pan that is would take these lengths to clean it... and I hope never to.
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