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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Things You Will Need

  • Dishwashing detergent

Tip

  • Some people find that using baking soda on stubborn food stains works just as well. Sprinkle the burnt-on food with baking soda and add just enough water to make a paste. Scour the pan with a scrub sponge and rinse. If the mess wasn't too stubborn, it should lift right out.

About the Author

Megan Southwick is a freelance writer with over 7 years of experience living and working in Durham, North Carolina. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been published on sites such as ePregnancy.com, PoshCravings.com and DukeHealth.org. Most recently she has served as an editor and writer for Roots and Wings International.