In my attempt to make cous-cous the other day, I ended up with a pan full of burnt on food.  Guess that’s what happens when you forget the one little step of turning OFF the stove.

In the past, cleaning burnt pans has meant lots of elbow grease and scrubbing, but a few years ago I discovered a wonderful way to easily clean pans that have burnt food in them.

cleaning burnt pans with boiling water and baking soda

Just add water and Baking Soda to the pan and boil it on the stove.

Fill the pan about 1/4 of the way up with water and add about 2-4 TBLS of Baking Soda.

As it boils, the baking soda water with loosen the burnt on food.  The food with either flake off during boiling, or become very easy to scrub off.  After boiling for about 5-10 minutes, I used my long handle dish-scrubber on the burn, and the black came away easily.

When I could see most of the black had come off, I then dumped out the water, and got the rest of the black spots with a scraper or scouring pad. At this point, what was left was very easy to scrub off.

cleaning burnt pans with boiling water and baking soda

And here is my clean sauce pan.  So glad that I discovered this helpful hint many years ago, and fortunately, I haven’t had to use it that many times.

cleaning burnt pans with boiling water and baking soda AFTER

Hopefully, you will never need it, but if you ever need to clean burnt pans, this  method will save you a lot of elbow grease.

clean shiny sauce pan after cleaning burnt pans with water and baking soda

1 Comment
  1. Cindy

    I am definitely trying this next time I burn rice. It’s by far the worst stuff to clean off the bottom of a pan!

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