How to Remove Burnt Food From Aluminum Pots

Even the best cook will occasionally mess up, resulting in burnt food stuck to the bottom of the cooking pan.

Don't put the pan in the dishwasher if it has burnt-on food.Don't put the pan in the dishwasher if it has burnt-on food.
If you have burnt food hopelessly affixed to the bottom of your aluminum pot, don't start prodding the mess with a metal spoon or spatula, as you will scratch your pan's surface. Instead, shake as much of the mess from the pan as possible, and then try pulling out the excess using your hand. After that, begin removing the rest of the burnt food.

Fill the pan with cold water.

Add about 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar to the pan.

Put the pan on the stove and bring to a low boil. Turn the temperature to the lowest degree possible while still maintaining a low boil. Boil for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow the pan to cool to warm. Wash the pan using a sponge and dish soap. The burnt debris should easily wash way.

Things You Will Need

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.