How to clean and degrease a pan?
When you cook or simmer something in a pan for a long time, it may be difficult to clean it afterwards. Also, keeping a pan sparkling isn’t always easy!
They get tarnished so quickly! Want to keep your pans clean? So here are 10 tips for cleaning a pan!
1. Clean the bottom of a pan
Do you ever have food sticking to the bottom of the pan after cooking your favorite meal?
The first step to cleaning or rather unsticking the bottom of the pan is to bring a little water to a boil.
- Add about 1 centimeter of water to the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil.
- Allow to boil until the food comes away from the bottom of the pan.
It will be much easier and faster to clean the bottom of the pan afterwards.
If the bottom of the pan is completely burnt then the baking soda trick will save your life and your pan! ?
Here’s how to remove the burnt:
Pour baking soda to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
- Add a little water and bring to a boil over the heat.
- Boil for a few minutes, turn off the heat and let cool.
- Rub with a cloth or sponge to remove any traces of burnt.
3. Degrease a pan with soda crystals
A saucepan can quickly become greasy depending on the food in it! Fortunately, there are a few tips for degreasing a pan, including soda crystals!
- Fill the pot with hot water and add soda crystals.
- Leave for a few hours and clean with soapy water to complete the cleaning.
Soda crystals are also effective for recovering a burnt pan bottom and for cleaning a very dirty oven plate.
Did you just make or rather miss your homemade caramel and unfortunately the caramel is completely burnt at the bottom of the pan?
Here are the steps to clean and remove burnt caramel:
- Add white vinegar to completely cover the stuck and burnt caramel on the bottom of the pan.
- Boil until the vinegar begins to simmer and turn off the heat.
- Let the vinegar act on the stain for about ten minutes.
- Remove vinegar and residue and add dish soap.
- Rub with a dishcloth or better still a sponge to dislodge the remaining caramel.
You can use the vinegar trick for other types of stubborn stains in pan bottoms.
5. Clean a burnt pan with table salt
Table salt is another effective way to clean burnt stains in a pan. Here’s how:
- Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with table salt (cover the burnt well).
- Add a little water and leave to act for about an hour.
- Rinse and finish cleaning with a cloth and dish soap.
6. Coke to degrease and clean a pan
You have a pan to clean and degrease and you have coke in the fridge?
Did you know that Coke is very effective in cleaning and dislodging the most stubborn stains! So here’s how to use it for cleaning a stainless steel pan:
- Pour in and completely cover the bottom of the pan to be cleaned with coke.
- Leave to act for 1 to 2 hours and rub the bottom with a sponge.
- Rinse and clean again with dish soap.
You can use the Coke trick to clean the inside and outside of the pan.
7. Use Dishwasher Powder Dish Soap
Another tip for recovering the burnt bottom of a pan is to use powdered soap!
2 choices are available to you:
- use dishwashing powder soap.
- use powder detergent.
- Sprinkle the powder in the bottom of the pan and add hot water.
- Leave to act for about thirty minutes, rinse and clean with normal liquid soap.
8. Clean a blackened pan
Your pan is blackened or worse rusty? Here’s what you can do to make it shine again:
- Add 3 tablespoons of citric acid to the pan and pour (being careful not to burn yourself) boiling water.
- Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes and rub with a wooden spoon to remove stuck-on, burnt-on residue from the bottom of the pan.
- Finish with normal cleaning with liquid dish soap and a cloth.
9. Never use bleach!
Some tips and tricks sites mention that bleach can work wonders for cleaning the toughest stains! True, but above all dangerous!
Indeed, bleach, if boiled, releases a high concentration of chlorine, which is extremely dangerous for people’s health!
NEVER use and boil bleach to clean the bottom of a pan. It is VERY dangerous for your health!