5 Tips for Removing Burned On Food

Posted on February 6, 2014. Filed under: Kitchen Cleaning | Tags: , |

Cleaning the kitchen after a meal has got to be the least favorite chore. This is especially true if you have to do with burned on foods in your pots and pans.  These tips will help you get your cookware clean in no time.

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Remember – you should not scrub pans that have a non-stick coating.

  1. Burned milk not only ruins your pots, but the terrible smell will stink up your home.

    You will want to clean that pot immediately by covering the bottom of the pot with salt, and covering with warm water for 15 minutes before cleaning it right of with a sponge.  As for the smell, open a couple of windows and use the fan.

  2. Cleaning burns from a cast iron skillet is easier than it looks.

    Cast iron should be rinsed with hot water right after cooking before the food items dry onto the pan.  For stubborn residue, use a little bit of salt and a paper towel to scrub at the stains, and rinse with hot water.

  3. Scorched food on a pot can be cooked away in most cases.

    Put a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar in the pot and cook it for about 10 minutes.  You will notice the burned of food loosening from your pots.  A good scrubbing with a bristle dish brush will help you get all of the remaining grime.

  4. A long soak is probably unnecessary.

    Baked in and greasy foods in your lasagna spare-rib roasting pans don’t need to be soaked for a week to get it clean.  Just fill your pan with water to cover the burnt on spots and place a used dryer sheet in the water. In 30 minutes, your pan will come clean with very little effort. Give it an extra once over with dish soap and hot water to remove dryer sheet residue.

  5. Prevent food from burning in the first place.

    Never walk away from cooking food. Find a project to do in the kitchen if you are waiting for your water to boil or your sauces to simmer. Turn off the pot before your rice, pasta, or eggs are done cooking. The heat from the pan will finish them off nicely. Turn down the heat on sauces, allowing them to cook slowly.  Try lining some of your baking dishes with aluminum foil. Also, consider investing in quality pots and pans.

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