How to Clean Baked-On Grease from Pots and Pans

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Cooking makes for a fun hobby that a large number of people enjoy. The less-enjoyable part, however, is the clean up of those caked-on oils, grease, and burnt food bits left behind after cooking or baking.

Those baked-on grease stains aren't just eyesores, burnt food can leach carcinogenic toxins into your food, and can severely damage the quality of your pots and pans, especially the non-stick kind. Here's how you can remove burnt-on grease from your pans, and save your cookware from getting ruined:

What You'll Need

You'll need a few pantry staples to clean a stained pan. While an oven cleaner will do the trick to remove the baked-on grease, you can never go wrong with baking soda and vinegar as a safe, inexpensive solution!

  • Dish soap
  • Hot water
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Scouring pad
  • Steel wool (for heavily-stained pans)

How to Clean Baked-on Grease from Pans and Pots: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Boil the Gunk Away

The easiest and simplest cleaning method is to soften the burnt-on grease with boiling water and dish detergent. Fill the pot or frying pans with water from the tap, and add a few drops of dish soap. Place the pans on the burner, and let the water come to a simmer.

Set the heat low, and let the simmering water soften and lift the burnt-on grease, while the dish soap dissolves the oils. You can do the same for baking sheets, cookie sheets, and baking trays in a hot oven. Take the pans off the heat, and let them cool until just warm.

Step 2: Create a Cleaning Paste

Create a cleaning paste by mixing together baking soda with enough white vinegar to create a thin paste. You will need 2 tablespoons of baking soda for every 1 and a half tablespoons of white vinegar. The paste should be thin enough to stay moist, but thick enough to stick on vertical spaces.

Apply the paste directly on burnt-on grease, placing the paste in both the interior and exterior of the pans. The baking soda will lift burnt grease stains, while vinegar works to soften baked-on grease to make it easier to clean them later on.

Step 3: Let the Paste Sit

Let the paste sit for at least 15 minutes - more if your pots and pans are heavily stained. You can test an area by wiping it off with a paper towel. If the baked-on grease is completely removed, then you can proceed to cleaning out the residue.

If the burnt grease is not completely removed, then re-apply the baking soda paste, and wait for 10-15 more minutes. If the baking soda paste has dried, then add a bit of vinegar to clean burnt-on grease stains.

Step 4: Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

Once the baking soda paste has done its job, use a scouring pad to gently remove burnt-on grease from your frying pan. Use the abrasive side of the sponge to clean the bottom of your pans, while the interior of your non-stick pans, pots, and baking pans should be cleaned with the soft side of a sponge.

Step 5: Wipe Clean

Wipe away the residue to clean burnt grease. You'll notice it is easy to remove burnt-on grease as the cleaning paste has softened and lifted the stains. Remove as much baked-on gunk as you can, and repeat the process if any residue remains on your pan.

Step 6: Wash as Normal, and Dry

Wash the pots and pans as you normally would, then use a kitchen towel to wipe them dry. You may also dry your baking sheets in a hot oven to ensure every corner is dry before storing them. Always store your pans dry, never wet.

How to Prevent Baked-On Grease from Forming

Are those grease stains becoming a problem in the kitchen? Do they happen frequently no matter how non-stick your pans are? Then you may need to look into ways to prevent grease from getting caked onto your cookware:

  • Soak cookware before washing them to soften the dried food bits, and make them easier to remove.
  • Use parchment paper or a non-stick baking sheet when cooking or baking, even on non-stick cookware. This will prevent your food from directly staining your pans.
  • Clean your pans after every use, and don't wait for the food stains to stick.
  • Season your cast iron and stainless steel pans to give them a glassy, non-stick surface that prevents baked-on grease.

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Contact us today, and let's see what we can do about those burnt pans in your kitchen!

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