Can't clean burnt pots and pans? Try these tips and you'll be pleasantly surprised

by Mark Bennett

September 17, 2023

Can't clean burnt pots and pans? Try these tips and you'll be pleasantly surprised
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When cooking, it occasionally happens that we have small mishaps. Have you ever had something boil over, for example? What happened on those occasions? Or maybe you were distracted for a few more moments and food burnt on the bottom of a pot or pan.

When this happens, we're tempted to throw the scorched utensil away. But don't do this. There are some home remedies that can help remove the scorch marks.

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Scorched pots and pans: how can we solve this problem?

Scorched pots and pans: how can we solve this problem?

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When something burns in a pot or pan, it can become completely blackened, scorched and with food residue seemly "baked on" and irremovable. Some use commercially available chemicals to clean this scorching away, but  there are many home tips which are equally effective. Check out the two methods below:

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Tips to remove scorching from pots and pans? Here's one you can try

Tips to remove scorching from pots and pans? Here's one you can try

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The first method involves the use of lemons. Natural degreasers, lemons are excellent for cleaning cooking utensils, but few people know that they can also be used to clean scorched pots and pans.

Take one or two lemons, squeeze them out and set the juice aside for a few moments. Fill the burnt container with water until the scorch marks are covered, and then add the lemon juice. Place in a 120 degree C oven for about 45 minutes and wait for the scorching to dissolve. When done, remove any residue with a sponge and wash again thoroughly.

Here's another way

Here's another way

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An even more effective method involves the use of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). And the only other thing you will need is water.

Add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to water and mix. Then pour this mix over the scorched area, submerging it. Once this is done, place the scorched item on the heat and wait for the mixture to come to the boil. As it boils away, the scorching will detach itself from the surfaces of the item.

Once finished, pour away the dirty water and remove any remaining residue with a cloth. Now you pot or pan should be fully restored. Did you already know about these tips?

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