How to Clean Burnt Food off Stainless Steel Pans
Even the most seasoned chef can experience stubborn food particles gripping the bottom of their stainless steel pots and pans. Below are several tried and true methods you can use to clean stainless steel pans with stuck-on food.
Remove Burnt Food with Boiling Water
Cleaning Stainless Steel Pan with the sponge
This method may be the simplest of them all. Begin by scrubbing away as much food as possible with a non-abrasive scrubber. Then, fill the pot or pan with water and a bit of dish soap. Ensure the stuck-on food is completely submerged. Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, you can use a spatula to scrape away excess food with ease.
Remove Burnt Food with Vinegar and Baking Soda
For this method, you’ll need two common cleaning ingredients: vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar is an effective cleaning solution for stuck-on foods thanks to its acetic acid content, which helps break down tough food particles.
Fill the bottom of your pot or pan with water, enough to cover the stuck-on food.
Add 1 cup of vinegar and bring water to a boil.
Once boiling, remove from the heat and add in 2 Tbsp. of baking soda.
Briefly mix together and empty the pan.
Use a non-abrasive sponge or scrubber to rid the pan of any remaining food particles.
Remove Burnt Food with Cream of Tartar
While it’s typically less available on-hand than baking soda, cream of tartar is an effective tool for ridding stainless steel pans of stuck-on food. Simply mix cream of tartar with water to create a paste and cover affected areas in your pan. Allow the mixture to soak overnight in the pan. Rinse and scrub the pan out to remove any remaining particles.