Life has been hectic lately. And by life, I mean my job. But I also mean life because I seem to do little else aside from my job these days.
I’ve been putting things off left and right, including cleaning my burnt pot. My mom noticed the pot when she visited for Christmas. At that point it had been burnt for at least a month. In fact, it’s been burnt so long that I have no recollection of how it got that way. Surely it wasn’t my cooking?!
Shortly after my mom departed, she sent me my grandmother’s method for cleaning burnt pots and pans. And a mere three months later, I tried it out.
Here’s my beloved sauce pot looking less than pristine.
And now for my grandmother’s cleaning technique:
- Fill the pot/pan half full with water (if you’ve only just burned the pot, let it cool first).
- Add 1 Tbsp salt and 1 Tbsp vinegar.
- Let the pot soak for at least an hour.
- Bring the water mixture slowly to the boil; let boil for 15 minutes.
- Pour out water mixture (I then allowed the pot to cool slightly).
- Scrub with steel wool pad.
I didn’t have a steel wool pad, so I put a dollop of dish soap in the bottom of the pot and went to work with a regular sponge.
It took a little elbow grease, but that pot looks as good as new now.