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Getting scorch/burn marks out of pan?

Started 1280690267.9 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1280835141.073 by LindaCinKY

Long story short, I left about a dozen eggs on the stove boiling and forgot about them until the smoke alarm went off. I now have scorch burn marks on the bottom of the pan and I've had this pan for at least 20 years and love it so I'd like to save it. I'm guessing, really, it doesn't matter and won't harm future cooking but does anyone have a way to remove the scorch marks? I've tried a Brillo pad and hardly made a dent. Maybe some folk remedy your grandma used?????

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whispy1280692514.6231531 PostsRegistered 8/2/2009

Hi, NuseRecruiter. I thought my reply posted, but it must not have logged, so I'll try again.

You don't say what material your pan is made from, but I'm guessing it's stainless steel. Since you've already resorted to a Brillo pad, none of these other things may work. Most methods say to fill the pan with water, place x x x in it and bring it to a boil. Shut off the heat and let sit. The x x x stands for a variety of things: salt, vinegar, lemon, baking soda are a few. I've even mixed vinegar and baking soda (the way you unclog a drain) and let the foaming begin to work it's wonders.

I've had decent luck with a Magic Eraser or Barkeeper's Friend and a lot of elbow grease.

You could try to use a dental cleaner tablet. Sometimes that works, although it's better for porcelain.


ceekay1280694814.7131528 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

I used Barkeeper's Friend the last time I messed up a stainless steel pan (Farberware circa 1980). Worked like a champ! I remember years ago, my mom burned peas to the bottom of a pan. Still there 30 some years later... Hmmm, maybe I should take my Barkeeper's Friend down next time I visit.

jpie1280704198.731818 PostsRegistered 7/3/2007

I use a soft scrub (made for glass top stoves) on my Green Pans when I turn up the heat too high.

I don't know what surface you have to work on, but this works well for me

Brown Sugar1280704473.2335991 PostsRegistered 4/12/2007Near Lake Erie in OH.

I saw this on How Clean Is Your House on the BBC a couple of weeks ago.

They poured cola in the the bottom of a pot that had been there for only God knows how long. They let it come to a boil for a few minutes and it lifted the scorched and burned stains out of the pot.

I hope this works for you.

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LindaCinKY1280713282.2131108 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009

I burned popcorn in my favorite pan years ago and it took a while for all the black scorch to finally come off. Every time I washed the pan, I'd tackle bits of the scorch with an SOS pad until it was all gone over several months. I'd still like to try that barkeepers frined.

1southernl­ady1280746919.85276 PostsRegistered 3/16/2007

This always works for me.

Put 2 tablespoons full of dishwashing powder (not liquid) in the pan, add water, and heat on the stove for 30 minutes to an hour. The burn will lift out!

LindaCinKY1280835141.0731108 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009
On 8/2/2010 1southernlady said:

This always works for me.

Put 2 tablespoons full of dishwashing powder (not liquid) in the pan, add water, and heat on the stove for 30 minutes to an hour. The burn will lift out!

Thanks for this tip. It'll be a lot easier than using elbow grease! :)

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