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Removing stains from pans

pansPans are among the most important utensils in the kitchen. Dirty stained pans will not only spoil the flavor of food, but also wear out quickly. Scorched foods can leave stubborn spots on pans that no amount of excruciating scrubbing can remove.

Whatever the reason maybe, at times it is natural to forget about the food put up on the cooker and to eventually get back to cleaning up a huge mess. Messy, stained cookware is a problem for everyone. But with few essentials in your cupboard will help restore your pans with ease.

So here are some useful tips which will help you to keep the pans looking new

Burned pans – cover burned matter with water, add 2 table spoons of salt or vinegar, bring to the boil, remove from the heat and leave to stand overnight and wash and rinse properly. The black burned food parts stuck on the pan can be removed very easily

Enamel pan stains - add 600 ml (1 pint) of water, add 1 tea spoon of bleach, and leave for 2 hours. Wash and rinse thoroughly as bleach is very strong and has a very pungent smell.

Discolored aluminum – boil a solution of rhubarb, tomatoes or lemon peel in it. The discolored pan becomes colored and bright

Stainless steel pans – clean with a gentle bristle brush and warm soapy water, then polish the pan when dry, to make sure the pan does not get scratched.

34 Responses to “Removing stains from pans”

  1. doggybloggy | July 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Reply

    good tips!

  2. Reeni | July 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Reply

    Thanks for the great tips!

  3. Tangled Noodle | July 3, 2009 at 3:19 am | Reply

    My LeCreuset pans have light stains on the bottom and I just figured it was all part of well-used pans. Now I’ve got way to restore them properly! Many thanks for these great tips!

  4. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie | July 3, 2009 at 3:32 am | Reply

    Definitely useful tips! Thanks!

  5. Parita | July 3, 2009 at 8:43 am | Reply

    i always have this problem, thanks for sharing this, very helpful!

  6. Faith | July 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Reply

    Very, very helpful…thanks!

  7. nora | July 4, 2009 at 8:21 am | Reply

    guys thanx for dropping by and TN just try some of these tips and m sure ye pan will last for a very long time :) have a nice weekend!

  8. Marta | July 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Reply

    This is a fantastic post! so informative and useful! My pans are all stained, but maybe now I’ll be able to clean them!
    Thanks!

  9. foodcreate | July 5, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Reply

    Great Info! very helpful~

    Thanks for sharing your tip!

    Have a wonderful Day!

  10. Blond Duck | July 6, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Reply

    I’m going to try the aluminum pan trick. I’d always wanted to clean them better but didn’t know how. Thanks!

  11. Jenn@slim-shoppin | July 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Reply

    Great tips! I need that for my pans!

  12. Cynthia | July 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply

    Thanks for these excellent tips!

  13. Gera @ SweetsFoods | July 8, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Reply

    Always is very welcome these informative post, definitively helpful!! :)

    Cheers!

    Gera

  14. Erica | July 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Reply

    Thank you for the great tips!

  15. Laila | July 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Reply

    Great tips … thanx :) .. Laila …

  16. Angie's Recipes | July 11, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Reply

    Somehow I missed this entry….
    Great tips…esp. the one to use a solution of rhubarb, tomatoes or lemon peel to brighten the discoloured pans.

    Thanks, Nora..

    Angie’s Recipes

  17. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella | July 12, 2009 at 10:54 am | Reply

    These tips are so helpful Nora! I’m sure everyone has come up against these problems at least once :)

  18. Sophie | July 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Reply

    Thanks for those usuful tips!

  19. Blond Duck | July 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Reply

    Happy Monday!

  20. lisa (dandysugar) | July 18, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Reply

    Great tips! These always come in handy.

  21. Rosa | July 19, 2009 at 12:20 am | Reply

    Very practical!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  22. leslie | July 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Reply

    Nora,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting on my TV segment! Feel free to stop back by anytime.
    Great tips

  23. Gera @ SweetsFoods | July 22, 2009 at 12:18 am | Reply

    Nora I’ve an award for you at my blog!

    Cheers,

    Gera

  24. Rosa | July 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply

    Have a great end of week!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  25. The Diva on a Diet | August 13, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Reply

    Wow, such great tips! I’ve used the water/vinegar trick for burns before … but some of these are new to me. Thanks!

  26. grace | August 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Reply

    how useful! i never knew rhubarb and tomatoes were so powerful. :)

  27. nora | August 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Reply

    grace give it a try!! :) thanx for stopping by!

  28. Jessica@FoodMayhem | August 27, 2009 at 2:19 am | Reply

    This will come in handy.

  29. Chris De La Rosa | September 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Reply

    For our stained roasting pan that usually gets that baked-on stuff, I usually place a sheet of fabric softner (static sheet) into the pan and fill with warm water. allow to soak overnight and it’s then very easy to wash off with a scrubbing sponge and soap.

    Great tips

  30. nora | September 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Reply

    Thanks for the tip Chris ..

  31. Coffee and Vanilla | September 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm | Reply

    What a useful tips Nora. I must try this for my stainless still pots! :) Thank you….

  32. Lubna Karim | January 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Reply

    Thank u so much for the tips…

  33. Justine | March 29, 2010 at 10:45 am | Reply

    Thankyou so much!

  34. elra | July 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Reply

    love this kind of tips as I very often burn my pots and pans. Thanks Siri :)

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