Raise your hand if you have never burnt a pot or a pan in your entire life. I bet no one raised their hand. Those who did raise their hands probably have never even tried to cook something in the kitchen and would never really understand the pain of seeing their precious pans slowly experiencing an agonizing and burning death. Exaggerated much? But truly, it is frustrating to unintentionally have your pots and pans burnt and scorched because what comes next is the challenging task of cleaning them -- or even worse, deciding to just throw them away.
If you're familiar with "Game of Thrones", you may already know that only Daenerys Targaryen is the true 'Unburnt'. This after being buried in a burning hut but surprisingly coming out of it unscathed. But what if I told you that there are ways for your scorched pots and pans to be 'The Unburnt'? Would you be excited to know more? Well, you're already here, so you might as well continue reading through the following tips on how to rescue those burnt pots and pans.
Tip No. 1: Boiling Water
This cleaning tip requires you to go back to the source of your problem -- the stove! Fill your pan with enough water to cover the charred area. Bring the water to a boil and let it roll for about 5 minutes. Once the water has cooled for a bit, use a spatula to carefully scrape off the softened burned bits. Proceed to your regular scrubbing with dishwashing liquid by using a Pot Brite™ Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge to easily and safely remove the remains of the burnt spots.
Tip No. 2: Vinegar and Baking Soda
In case the boiling water technique only helped a little because the caked-on debris in your pot is really that thick and hard to remove, you may alternatively use vinegar and baking soda. Fill the pot with vinegar enough to cover the charred area, bring it to a boil, then let it simmer for a few minutes. Once the vinegar has slightly cooled, add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda. The mixture will result in a fizzing reaction, which will eventually stop. Scrub the pot with a Lola® Plastic Mesh Scourer to finish off this task.
Tip No. 3: Alka-Seltzer
Alka-Seltzer may be popularly known to relieve indigestion, but it can also help you clean a surprising range of things around the house, including burned-on food. Put hot water in your pot, add about six Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let them fizz. Let it rest for about an hour; after which, use a Lola® Stainless Steel Scourer to clean off almost the mess. But like with any other steel scourer, use it with caution on coated or non-stick pots and pans.
Tip No. 4: Aluminum Foil
This hack for cleaning a burnt pot is effective and inexpensive, but it requires a bit more elbow grease than the other tips mentioned above. Also, this is a no-no for non-stick or any other pans with a special coating so, this method is solely for pots that are safe from abrasive scrubbers. Start by adding warm water, with a bit of dish soap, into the pot and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Crumple a small sheet of aluminum foil into a ball and use it to scrub the pot until the stubborn burnt food residue is removed. You can finish it off with the Lola® Pot Brite™ Jumbo Heavy Duty Scouring Pad to completely scrub away the remaining mess.
Having your pots and pans scorched may seem to be a game that you have already lost. But with the cleaning techniques and tips above, you may just get the chance to turn the tables around.