Sorting out a severely burnt pan

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Sorting out a severely burnt pan

Post: # 147775Post MrsD'ville mkII
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:56 pm

Couldn't think where else to put this! I made a fabulous job of welding rice to a pan at the weekend. It's been soaked, boiled up with vinegar and bicarb and scraped, but it's still a work of art. Does anyone know what I can do to get the burnt crud off and rescue my pan?

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Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:04 pm

Let the pan dry out a bit, put a 2p coin on the bottom and push it about with your finger - got a pan of mine clean of year-old burned on Marmalade. Then do the soaking thing again and the rest should come off easier.

Worth a try :wink:
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Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:14 pm

Soda crystals work a treet too. :flower:
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Re: Sorting out a severely burnt pan

Post: # 147784Post Ellendra
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:51 pm

Make a thick paste of bicarb and water, spread it on the burned stuff, and let soak for a couple hours. It should just rinse off.

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Post: # 147788Post MrsD'ville mkII
Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:15 pm

Thank you. I'll try the first then if that doesn't work the second and so on - I'll report back!
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Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:56 am

frozenthunderbolt wrote:orbital sander
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I'm with ellendra on this one - bicarb - but may need left overnight!
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Post: # 147953Post Green Aura
Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:41 pm

What sort of pan is it? If it's cast iron you can burn it off - put it on a high heat and leave it - doors and windows open until it's turned to carbon and comes loose.

Otherwise, if none of the other suggestions have worked, try some washing powder. Half fill with water and a handful of powder, bring to the boil and then leave overnight - lifts most things off.

Finally, despite my hatred of all things plastic, I always keep a stash of those silver plastic pan scrubbers - they look like a ball of silver plastic wool. They are amazing for getting all sorts of stuck on things off, and last for ages, so I don't feel too bad about using them - I'm sure there must be another use for them when they've gone past pan-scrubbing but I've not worked out what yet!
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Post: # 148013Post Ellendra
Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:14 pm

Green Aura wrote: I'm sure there must be another use for them when they've gone past pan-scrubbing but I've not worked out what yet!

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Re: Sorting out a severely burnt pan

Post: # 148045Post Jandra
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:59 am

I'm with Green Aura on the advice of washing powder. This has enzymes in it which will help break down some of the stuff. So use it at the recommended heat (i.e. don't boil it if it's for 60 C), or you might inadvertently inactivate the enzymes.

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Post: # 148084Post Annpan
Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:58 pm

How's it going? Any luck yet?
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Post: # 148183Post Thomzo
Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:12 pm

Brown sauce. Sounds stupid but leave it in the pan for a couple of days. It really does work.

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Post: # 148185Post frozenthunderbolt
Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:26 pm

invisiblepiper wrote:
frozenthunderbolt wrote:orbital sander
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I'm with ellendra on this one - bicarb - but may need left overnight!
I kid you not, i have done this lol. also, try rubbing with pummice -works quite nicely
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Re: Sorting out a severely burnt pan

Post: # 148531Post MrsD'ville mkII
Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:15 pm

Good lord, if brown sauce can shift that I dread to think what it does to my husband's insides lol! I haven't done it yet, isn't that shocking? However am now the owner of a 2p (it's taken me all week to get one!) so will give that a go first. Just as soon as I've finished getting ready for DD's birthday party tomorrow...
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Re: Sorting out a severely burnt pan

Post: # 148637Post kiwirach
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:58 am

geez!, i'd wonder what brown sauce does to your insides as well if it can shift burnt on food :shock:

another good one is a dishwasher tablet if you've got one......cover the area with hot water pop in a tab and let it soak for a while, then scrub and repeat as necessary.

i'm currently living in as a nanny and my bosslady did this very same thing on fri night......bottom of the pan completely burnt with what should have been lovely tomato sauce( she insists on using an element to big for her pan, that wont turn down low enough....... :roll: ......i think your right about that rachel she said finally on fri night!!! doh!).
anyway, i told her to scrub as much off (she can clean up her own mess!!) cover the burnt areas with hot water and throw in a dishwash tab, let it soak, scrub and repeat as needed. i noticed yesterday morning that she had followed orders!!!! and the pan was clear and clean!.

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