Saving a Burned Pan
My kids have been grown and out of the nest for a very long time now but if you think the "I can’t believe they did that!" moments no longer happen, think again! I was laughing so hard, I had to wait a bit to collect myself before I could write this.
My son in law (Mike) just called and said, "How do you react when you ask your wife (Tawra), "What is this burned on gook that I can’t get off of this pan?" and she just ever so casually answers, "Oh, that is just carpet burned on in that spot". At this point, my son in law and I are having a good belly laugh. How many people do you know who have gotten burned carpet stuck on a pan lately? …only Tawra.
What’s even funnier is that Mike and Tawra had been out of town and hadn’t seen the blog post I wrote recently about cleaning burned pans. I know you all thought I might be stretching it when I said my daughter has burned almost everything in her pans. Now you can see that I wasn’t. That’s why I gave you guys those homemade pan cleaner formulas.
It was for those of you who, with great tenacity, keep facing the challenges of cooking each day and often failing. I admire your resolve not to give up! Someday, you might actually succeed and be able to finally use normal cleaning products like scouring powder, vinegar or detergent to clean your pans. : ) My hat goes off to you who are "fighting the good fight" each day! : ) (Thanks Mom! Tawra)
Now I know you are all wondering "How did she get burned carpet on her pan?" She was pulling the pan out of the oven and burned her hand, so she dropped the pan on the rug in front of her stove. The pan was so hot the carpet just melted to it.
I write most of the tips on cooking and organizing but Tawra did come up with one really good one – keep the burn medicine in a cabinet by the stove. Hmmm… I wonder how she figured that one out??
In spite of how it sounds, I do sympathize with and love my daughter. I even pray daily that someone will invent a stove that doesn’t use heat especially for her and invent special foam cleaner that will instantly dissolve thick, thick burned on gook for my son in law to use. (He’s the one who usually does the dishes.) : )
Here are some bonus tips from readers you might try:
Here’s how to clean the outside under part of a cooking pot or pan. Use WD-40. Let it soak for 10 minutes and then remove the burned on grease. Be sure to wash it with soap and water before using! It works really well. It’s also very good on the backyard grill grates that are always really dirty with burnt on grease and food! They really come clean!!!
I haven’t tried this yet but since I’m the Queen of Burned Pans, I will give it a try soon I’m sure! Tawra
Recently, someone wanted to know how to remove scorched-on nonstick spray from her oven pans. Tawra suggested an SOS pad or spraying with oven cleaner while her oven does a cleaning cycle.
My tip is one I have used for years: I use oven cleaner on my (not teflon coated) ovenware and broiler pans, but I spray the items thoroughly, place them in a plastic garbage bag, tie, and leave them outside overnight. In the morning, the caked on, burned on residues rinse right off- And without stinky oven cleaner fumes.
I do this same thing with the racks from my oven when I clean it. I put them inside a plastic bag with oven cleaner overnight and it works great!