How to Remove the Burnt Bottom of a Stainless Steel Pan

You've just spent a great deal of time preparing a meal, with just one problem: Your gorgeous stainless steel pot now has a nice coating of burnt-on food. Regular scrubbing won't get rid of the crust, but you can restore your pot to a like-new condition.

  1. Remove as much of the burnt-on food as you can using regular dishwashing methods.

  2. Fill the pan about 2/3 of the way with water and add a generous amount of detergent to the pan.

  3. Set the pan on the stove and bring the water-detergent mixture to a boil. Let the mixture simmer for at least 10 minutes, You should see the residue begin to loosen.

  4. Remove the pan from the heat and let the water cool until it is just barely warm. Using a scrub sponge, remove the burnt-on food from the pan.

  5. Repeat this process for as many times as it takes to remove the burnt-on food.