How to Get Burnt Stuff off of a Pan

by Mike Jones

Removing burnt food from cooking or baking pans requires a lot of elbow grease.

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It happens all too often -- you decide to whip up something special for dinner, get distracted, leaving your dinner burnt, as well as your pan. Though takeout can fill-in for dinner, the burnt-on food can make the pan seem like a total loss. You don't need a miracle, though to restore your pan to cook another day -- all you need are your normal cleaning supplies and a few common items from your pantry.

Mix a cup of warm water and liquid dishwashing soap. Pour the mixture in the pan and let it soak for a few hours. Soak the pan overnight. The next day, try scrubbing the soaped pan with a scouring pad.

Stop up your kitchen sink with the rubber stopper and run some warm water into the sink if the burnt food is persistent and won’t budge. Pour 3 tbsp. of salt into the water. Put the pan in the water and let it soak for a few more hours.

Soak a piece of cloth in vinegar. Rub the soaked cloth on the burnt-on food. Let the pan sit for a few hours before washing it again using dish detergent, warm water and a scouring pad.


  • You can also try placing your pan in the freezer for a few hours and once the burnt stuff is frozen, you can try chipping it off with a non-abrasive tool such as a wooden spoon.

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About the Author

Mike Jones is an Atlanta native who has been writing professionally since 2000. He has written a number of entertainment, health and how-to articles for online publications such as eHow and Answerbag. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Regent University.