Nearly everyone has heard the expression "nobody's perfect." That expression becomes particularly true when cooking. Cooking requires a mastery of multi-tasking, following explicit directions and a good memory, and because it requires a balance of so many skills, it's easy to make a mistake when cooking. Unfortunately, sometimes you don't just end up with burnt food, you end up with burnt pans too. Burning a pan can be even worse than a burnt meal; you feel like you have permanently ruined something you own. Luckily, you can fix some of the worst burns.
Hold the pan over a strong jet of warm water. Rinse away all scored flakes and any burnt pieces that are loose. Lightly brush away what you can with a sponge.
Scoop a handful of baking soda into your pan. Fill the pan halfway full with water. Place the pan on your stove over high heat.
Watch the pan come to a boil. The baking soda and water will bubble tremendously, but if you've truly only filled the pan halfway, it won't bubble up onto your stove.
Turn down the stove setting to low and allow the pan to simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the pan from heat and let it cool thoroughly.
Rinse the pan off, add some dish detergent and wipe off the scorched and burnt parts with a sponge. After completing the entire procedure, you shouldn't even have to scrub.
- "How to Fix (Just About) Everything: More Than 550 Step-by-Step Instructions"; Bill Marken; 2002
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