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Cleaning Frying Pans

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lookingforsunshine Tue 20-Jan-15 22:35:18

This is probably a stupid question but how do you clean a frying pan?
We fill them with cold tap water, boil water on hob, pour out boiled water then scrub with a wirey brush and hot soapy water. It's time consuming and not very effective. Do you clean them after every use?

Any tips (especially ones that don't involve lots of expensive products) appreciated.

wowfudge Wed 21-Jan-15 06:45:25

What are your frying pans made of and I presume they don't have a non stick coating giving what you are doing to clean them.

Cast iron pans build up seasoning inside so they have a black interior (naturally non stick) and all you are supposed to do is wipe them clean. I wash mine with wul and a washing up brush then dry straight away and leave out to be sure it is completely dry then put it away. Stops it going rusty on the outside or handle.

Cast iron with non stick inside - same as the other cast iron one but I just leave it to air dry.

For stainless steel I stick it in the dishwasher.

If you are constantly getting food burnt onto a frying pan, depending on what sort it is, you may not be looking after it the right way or using it correctly - sorry. Heat the pan up with nothing in it then add oil or fat. Heat that up then add food. If food sticks you might need to cook at a higher temperature, let it cook on one side then turn it over rather than keep it moving in the pan.

PigletJohn Wed 21-Jan-15 09:02:27

First thing is to pour any remaining fat or oil into an empty tin. Then wipe out the pan with kitchen roll to remove remaining fat and food scraps. If you put the bit of kitchen roll in the tin it will soak up the oil and prevent it running out when you bin it.

You must not put fat down the drain, even mixed with hot water, or it will cause blockages.

If you have burned on food, use a green pan scourer and washing-up liquid. If not, there is no need to boil it up.

pressone Wed 21-Jan-15 10:26:25

Oh dear - What I do (may be a heinous cleaning crime but it works for me) give it a quick wipe with a paper towel to remove any obvious grease/left over food then bung it in the dishwasher. The handles loosen over time but if you take a screwdriver to them yearly they are fine.

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