By Noreen Doll.
Here’s an easy way to remove burned on food from a pan.
I had a non stick pan with severely burned on food that needed to be cleaned. The food was so welded to the pan I couldn’t even scrape it with a spoon edge.
First I added water to it and brought it to a boil, then covered it and let it stand. That did nothing. I couldn’t scrape anything loose.
Next I poured in some baking soda, then added vinegar. I gently heated it and left it to soak. Nope, it didn’t work.
I had read about using a dryer sheet, which was supposed to make the burned on food lift right off after soaking. Nothing at all.
Finally, I went back to my oven cleaner.
I heated the pan, turned off the burner, and laid a paper towel in the bottom.
I poured in enough ammonia to just cover the bottom of the pan..
and immediately covered it with a tight fitting lid.
You have to be quick as there are strong fumes from the ammonia.
I left the pan overnight, although I did reheat it slightly a couple of times, as heat seems to help the process. I did not remove the lid.
The next morning I removed the lid (stand back – the fumes are strong!) and disposed of the paper towel.
I wiped out the excess ammonia and scraped the bottom of the pan a bit.
Everything came right up!
I washed the pan thoroughly, and this is the result.
Caution: You do need to be careful when using ammonia.
Also, ammonia reacts with aluminum and may discolor a pan if left too long.
The pan can be tightly covered with aluminum foil if it doesn’t have a lid.