How to Clean a Scorched and Burnt Stainless Steel Pan
If you’re doing a lot of cooking, it’s going to happen eventually – a scorched and burnt pan that seems like it’s impossible to clean. To make things worse, if you have an induction cooktop, it will affect the contact, and decrease the heat provided to the pan.
The good news is that you can save your pan without having to use rubber gloves and a harsh chemical cleaner. There are two methods you can use to clean stainless steel – one is using baking soda and the other is to use dish detergent.
Clean With Baking Soda
All you need is a scouring pad, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 1.5 cups of water or less, depending on the size of your stainless steel pan. Then follow these steps:
Add a thin layer of water to the pan.
Pour in 1 cup of vinegar.
Place the pan on the stovetop and bring the water and vinegar to a boil.
Take the pan off the heat and immediately add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to the water/vinegar.
Empty water from the pan and then scour to clean.
Using this method, your stainless steel pan should be clean and without scorch marks. If any scorch or burn marks remain you can make a paste using 3 tablespoons of baking soda and add just enough water to moisten. Rub the paste into the bottom of the pan and let the pan sit for about 15 minutes. Then scour again, focusing on those tough-to-clean marks.
Clean Using Dishwasher Detergent
For this cleaning method you’ll need dishwasher detergent, water, and a scouring pad:
Fill the sink or a basin with very hot water.
Add up to a ¼ cup of dishwasher detergent.
Put the stainless steel pan into the water and leave it there to soak overnight.
The next day, use the scouring pad to thoroughly scrub the pan.
Rinse well with warm water.
This method of cleaning can be effective, but you may have to repeat if there are still areas of the pan that are scorched or burnt.