Great tips to remove burnt on food from stainless steel pots

Hey guys! I have a quick post for you today, but hopefully this will be a really helpful one.

Today we are talking about how to remove burnt on food from pots, cookie sheets, and other bakeware.  My culinary skills are not my strong point and I have been known to burn a thing or two in the past {darn multi-tasking!}. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have a true “before” picture of my pot as I was already half way through cleaning it when I realized that I had never blogged about this before, but you can still get the idea.  This was a flour and milk mixture that I was using for a soup that I totally forgot about and there was about a 1 cm layer of burned on mess completely covering the bottom.  Whoops!

The quickest and easiest way that I usually remove burned on messes, is by placing some vinegar in the bottom of the pot and then heating it over medium heat until the burnt food starts to come off.  It generally gets it pretty clean {and will then just easily scrub clean afterwards}; however, this was a particularly bad pot, and this is what it looked like afterwards.

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To really get at those stubborn burned on messes, here are my secret weapons – dish soap {this J.R. Watkins coconut dish soap smells AWESOME by the way!!}, cream of tartar, baking soda, and an old credit card or rewards card {yay! You finally have a use for that collection of reward cards!}.  This method also works great on cookie sheets and other baking items as well.  All you need to do is combine equal parts cream of tartar and baking soda in the bottom of your pan, add a drop or two of dish soap, and add just enough hot water to make a runny paste that completely covers your burned areas.  Let soak for a few minutes and then scrub off with the credit card.  You can always use a Brillo pad or other scrub brush as well but I always find the credit card works best for me! 

So clean and shiny!

If you are cleaning areas like the bottom of a pot or top of a muffin tin, just make your paste a little thicker so you can still let it sit over your burnt areas.  Now hopefully that will save you a pot or two! 

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Enjoy !

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