How to Clean a Roasting Pan

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The holidays means it's time to break out the roasting pan for those festive feasts! Roast holiday turkey, potatoes, meats, and vegetables are staples in get togethers, and the roasting pan handles a lot of the cooking done over the season. As such, your roasting pan will tend to get baked-on food and grease from cooking.

Fret not, as there is a convenient and hassle-free way to clean your roasting pans without needing elbow grease! Make your holidays stress-free with our step-by-step guide on cleaning your roasting pan.

How to Clean Roasting Pan: A Step-by-step Guide

Burnt food can be carcinogenic, and can carry bacteria that can leach into the fresh food you cook. Cleaning your roasting pan is a must to keep your kitchen free from pathogens, and for you to cook healthy, filling meals! Here's how:

Step 1: Rinse the Pan Clean

First, wipe away the grease and oils with a paper towel to prevent clogging your drains. Rinse the pan clean with some mild dish soap and hot water to remove any loose grime. If using a stainless steel roasting pan, you may opt to use steel wool to remove baked-on food.

Step 2: Sprinkle Baking Soda

To get rid of tough stains, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the entire roasting pan, focusing on the areas with the most burnt bits. Baking soda works wonders to lift stains out of stainless steel, and is a food-safe solution to clean roasting pans.

Step 3: Spray Vinegar

Spray or pour vinegar all over the roasting pan. Use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar as the latter tends to leave a stain when left on for too long. Cover the roasting pan in vinegar, focusing on the burnt areas. Vinegar works to soften grime, and remove stains from the surface. It also breaks down oil and grease. You can also use lemon juice instead of vinegar.

Step 4: Let it Sit

Let the solution sit for about an hour. The combination of baking soda and vinegar will work to soften the burnt-on food stains, and lift them off the roasting pan to make them easier to remove later on.

Step 5: Scrub Out the Remaining Stains

Use a scrubbing brush, scouring pad, or steel wool to remove the remaining stains. You should notice that the stains come out easily. If not, leave the baking soda and vinegar solution on longer, or add hot water to help soften the remaining spots.

Step 6: Wash and Dry

Wash the roasting pan with a little dish soap, and rinse with hot water. Use a clean, lint-free dish towel to dry the roasting pan completely, then store it in a clean, dry location. If washing roasting pans in the dishwasher, make sure the pan is dishwasher safe, and wash roasting pans on the hot water setting.

Tips on Maintaining Your Kitchen Bakeware

Bakeware maintenance is simple: just be sure to clean your baking pans and trays after every use. From time to time, you will need to deep clean your kitchen bakewares when food spills over, and stains the surface. Here are a few tips to maintain the cleanliness of your bakeware:

  • Avoid washing a hot pan in cold water as this will permanently warp the pan.
  • Do not use steel wool or aluminum foil to scrub non-stick surfaces.
  • Soak the pan in hot water, or a baking soda and vinegar mixture after every baking session to get rid of baked-on food before they set.
  • Vigorous scrubbing may scratch the pan's surface, so be sure to use gentle but firm strokes when scrubbing.

Cleaning your kitchen doesn't have to be difficult, especially with our convenient services at Luce Home. We'll handle the cleaning chores for you, so you can focus your time and energy doing the things you love! Go for stress-free holidays with Luce Home.

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