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Old 01-03-2010, 02:55 PM   #1
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how to clean burned ss pan?

I got new stainless steel pots and pans for Christmas. They were cheap and they are very thin and light. I am having a lot of trouble cooking with them. Everything sticks and burns even with oil. We have a gas stove so the heat source is an open flame; I don't know if that makes a difference or not. I am hoping that I just need to cook on really low temp and they will work out. But, I have one I just burned popcorn in really bad and I can't get it off. Any ideas?

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Old 01-03-2010, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: how to clean burned ss pan?

pour some baking soda in it, add some water and boil it back on the stove. That should loosen it enough to be scrubbed with a copper scrubbie.
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we use "barkeepers friend" on our burned ss pans and it works great
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i second bar keepers friend
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barkeepers friend and a green scrubbie pad My pans specifically state NOT to use baking soda on them. HTH

ETA: yes, you have to cook over a lower heat to make SS pans cook properly. I have NEVER cooked anything in them over a heat level of 7 (and that was boiling water!)
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I sear on high heat, it's probably wrong but I like it smoking hot when I sear
I think I even read on the all clad site that you don't need it on high but I do LOL
when I make candy also
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:00 AM   #7
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Re: how to clean burned ss pan?

also you might want to try preheating your pan on low for a a minute or two before cranking it up with oil or butter,
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:05 PM   #8
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Re: how to clean burned ss pan?

Stainless steel needs to be properly pre-heated before you put anything in it. It usually takes mine about 5 minutes on medium heat to get to the right temp. You want your oil (or even a drop of water) to bead and kind of "float" on the surface of the pan - not spatter or hiss. If your pans are thin, you might consider getting a cast iron heat disburser plate to put on top of your burner; that way the heat will not be concentrated right where the gas flames hit the bottom of the pan.

Barkeeper's friend is absolutely the best for getting off tough stains. HOWEVER, cheaply made pans do not clean well; I've found it's worth splurging on a couple of really good quality pans rather than having an entire set of cheapy ones. I found a Calphalon One pan at TJ Maxx for about $20, when retail is over $100. I have built my collection slowly like that - finding good deals and making due with only the four basic pans: 8" omelette, 12" saute, 4 quart sauce pan, and a big stock pot. It might be convenient to have some other sizes, but it's not necessary, and I was able to put my money toward super high quality stuff. HTH.
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Re: how to clean burned ss pan?

Yeah sounds like part of the problem is the thinness of the pans. You're probably going to run into this problem fairly often though learning how low the heat needs to be etc. will probably help.

I burned some stuff in the bottom of one of my SS pans and tried the baking soda, and boiling with salt water, etc etc everything I could find. Well I used the pan to cook something tomatoey...maybe I was simmering tomato sauce? Well anyway the pan got left by the sink till the next day and when I finally went to wash it, EVERYTHING came off and it was shiny as new! I think the acid in the tomatoes took the brown burnt stains right off. Worth a shot if nothing else works.
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Re: how to clean burned ss pan?

Another vote for barkeepers friend and a green scrubbie pad. We use this on our SS pots and pans and they still look brand new after 10+ years of use.

Sprinkle it in, use just a few drips of water with a moistened green scrubbie pad. For really burned pans, scrub it on and let it sit overnight. Sometimes you also need to scrub, rinse pan, repeat.
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