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Badly burnt stainless steel saucepan - ideas please.

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feetheart Sun 21-Aug-11 14:10:58

REALLY badly burnt fruit compot last night - thought gas was off, it wasn't!!

Got most of it off with elbow grease but some of it's not shifting - what can I use? Vinegar? Baking Powder? Bicarb?

Good quality pan but think I might have tested its limit this time hmm

SilveryMoon Sun 21-Aug-11 14:12:02

Tried a wire wool? Or what do Kima nd Aggie use, is it boiling coca-cola

Squigglywiggly Sun 21-Aug-11 14:12:05

We are watching this discussion avidly as we have a similar situation wink

feetheart Sun 21-Aug-11 14:13:22

Silvery - thanks, not sure about wire wool, last resort possibly. Coke is possibility though will need to shop.

Madlizzy Sun 21-Aug-11 14:15:14

Somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of my brain remembers something about ketchup being good for removing burnt stuff from pans. Leave it to soak for a while in it.

eaglewings Sun 21-Aug-11 14:15:27

Seem to remember cooking rhubarb in the pan with water helps, just turn off gas before water disappears.

eaglewings Sun 21-Aug-11 14:16:23

Or biological washing powder in a small amount of water.

feetheart Sun 21-Aug-11 14:17:29

We have LOTS of rhubarb. Was going to make jam but can sacrifice a bit for sake of saucepan smile

Stillcrackers Sun 21-Aug-11 14:18:28

I don't know if this will work in this specific case but but I wash my jam pans with white vinegar and natural sea salt and it works a treat. Could be worth trying.

slightlyoversharing Sun 21-Aug-11 14:26:34

Put dishwasher powder/tablet in saucepan.

Add water.

Boil. And boil.

It stinks put the fan on.

The black stuff will float to the top - most satisfying

May dull the stainless steel though

feetheart Sun 21-Aug-11 14:29:17

Have gone with biological washing powder first - just soaking it now but wondering whether to heat it up?
How about you Squigglywiggly?

Thank you all so far.
Will report back.

slightlyoversharing Sun 21-Aug-11 14:36:15

Feet - I would boil the solution the heat will help I think

bittentothequick Sun 21-Aug-11 15:05:50

Someone on mumsnet suggested leaving it out overnight for snails to eat the burnt food off a few weeks ago. No idea if that works but I remembered it!

Squigglywiggly Sun 21-Aug-11 15:08:35

Currently I'm soaking it again with washing up liquid.... When get a minute will try bio powder and boiling it I think as have no rhubarb!

PandaG Sun 21-Aug-11 15:10:07

boil with washing powder in - works a treat every time.

PandaG Sun 21-Aug-11 15:10:38

- I've had plenty of opportunities to put it to the test! blush

Fuzzled Sun 21-Aug-11 15:13:00

Boil salt water in it for 5-10 minutes.

Mixture should be very salty (but not a paste).

Wipe clean and repeat as required.

feetheart Sun 21-Aug-11 15:29:43

Looks like bio washing powder is working without heating it up.

Off to pick blackberries, will scrub it some more on my return.

noddyholder Sun 21-Aug-11 15:32:10


Thumbwitch Sun 21-Aug-11 15:38:06

I did this. It needed wire wool in the end. But that did work.

If you boil Bio powders the enzymes get killed anyway. Vinegar boiled is pretty good, bio stuff just left to soak also good. If you get all the stuff off and just have black marks left, something mildly abrasive eg metal polish, white toothpaste, Cif, might do it.

NickNacks Sun 21-Aug-11 17:08:11

Use a balled up piece of foil for the final scrub if needed.

sjuperwolef Sun 21-Aug-11 17:08:38

cover the bottom of the pan in salt, pour coke over the top then boil for 15 mins. just about an inch layer of coke should do.

works every time for me smile

feetheart Sun 21-Aug-11 17:31:07

Bio washing powder worked a treat, all gone by time we got back from blackberrying. Very impressed, and relieved.

HUGE thank you everyone, hope yours works out OK Squigglywiggly

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 21-Aug-11 20:29:53

Caustic soda overnight. shifts anything.

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