Dear Home Ec 101,
Any suggestions for cleaning a burned pan? It is glass, and I am hesitant to use steel wool on it. The glass cleaners don’t seem to be helping.
Bummed in Burnsville
Dear Bummed in Burnsville:
Always listen to your gut. If you used the steel wool you’d remove the food, but in the process, you’d scratch the snot out of the glass. Why yes, that IS the technical term for it. All of those scratches would give food (and bacteria) lots of wonderful places to cling to and hide. So, what to do?
It’s time for our go-to, yep, we’re once again plugging Bar Keepers Friend®. Dampen the burned-on mess and sprinkle with BKF. Give it a minute to work, then scrub with a rag. Rinse, repeat. It may take a couple of passes but I’ve not seen BKF beat yet. You can find Bar Keeper’s Friend near other cleaning agents like Comet in many stores. Or you can look for a retailer on their website.
If you feel like experimenting, I have a proposition for you. I’ve run into a dryer sheet tip all over the Internet. The tip is to fill the pan with water, add 1/2 a dryer sheet and allow it to soak overnight. We don’t use dryer sheets, so I have not tested this myself. If you do, would you please report to the class with your results?
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