Even the best cooks sometimes burn pans, but years of experience often means they know how to clean the burn off. If your experience has only taught you the elbow-grease method, here are a few tips to help you achieve sparkling saucepans, whatever burning disaster has befallen their bottoms:
1. Soak and scrub
The method most people know is filling the pan with very hot water and washing up liquid, and leaving it to soak. Make sure you leave it a few hours before scrubbing away the burn with a wire wool or plastic scrubber.
2. Simmer and soak
Fill the pan with water and a generous squirt of washing up liquid, put it back on the hob and let the water in the pan gently simmer for 10-20 minutes. Then let the pan cool for at least half an hour and use a scrubber to remove those stubborn burnt bits.
3. Oven cleaner it off
Generously spray the inside of the pan with oven cleaner, cover and leave overnight, then wipe off the cleaner and the burn residue the next day before washing well.
4. Brilliant bicarbonate of soda
Cover the bottom of the pan with water and add at least a cup of bicarbonate of soda. Simmer the bicarb and water mix for about half an hour, drain the pan and scrub – the nasty burnt bits should come away easily. In the unusual event that not all the burn comes off, repeat the process, or perhaps add a little water to some more bicarb and make it into a paste, cover the burn with the paste and leave it to soak in overnight before scrubbing off the burn the next day.
5. Soak with washing powder
Add a tablet of either washing powder, dishwasher powder or some dishwasher liquid to your pan, add very hot water and leave to soak overnight before scrubbing the next day.
6. Salt it
Fill your burnt pan with warm water and add two or three tablespoons of salt. Stir it and let it soak for just a few minutes, before boiling the water in the pan for about 15 minutes. If that doesn’t remove all the burn residue, leave about half an inch of the boiled water in the pan and after it’s cooled sufficiently, add another couple of tablespoons of salt and use a scrubber to remove the remaining burnt bits.
7. Vanish with vinegar
Cover the bottom of the burnt pan with white vinegar and simmer for about 10 minutes before draining and scrubbing the burn off.
8. Use lemon juice
Cover the bottom of the pan with either fresh or bottled lemon juice and leave overnight. Scrub the pan the next day and the burn residue should lift off easily.