Our big Kitchen remodel is almost done - queue the choir!! I'll be posting pictures once we get a bunch of the cleanup done, but let me just say I'm beyond thrilled with it!
One of the meals I cooked this week is an old-time favorite of ours - meatloaf and mashed potatoes. We started using a meatloaf pan some time ago and really like it - the pan above is the bottom part and the top is a similar pan, but with holes in the bottom so that the grease drips through into the bottom pan. But this time while the meatloaf was cooking I started smelling a rather BURNED smell and come to find out I had a nice, baked on charcoal layer in my bottom pan:
YUCK! Sad thing is that this picture was taken after I tried several methods to get it clean, including using a spatula to try and chisel it out.
I remembered reading on Jillee's Blog - One Good Thing by Jillee (one of the best blogs ever by the way!) about a foolproof pan cleaning method and by golly it works! I'm pretty lazy though, so the thought of making a paste and then scrubbing didn't really appeal to me. What I did was sprinkle baking soda on half the pan (in the interest of comparison I did one side at a time) and then sprayed hydrogen peroxide (in a cute pink sprayer!) on the baking soda until it was good and drenched.
I stuck it down in the sink just in case some kind of volcanic eruption should occur. Fortunately nothing exciting happened.
It was at this point that the phone rang and I ended up talking about 5-10 minutes. I came back in the kitchen and used my spatula and look how clean it is with no scrubbing at all!
This was pretty exciting to me because I had just told Keith I would probably have to throw this pan away - and now it looked like I was wrong!
I repeated the process on the other half of the pan, but this time I used a green scrubby instead of the spatula. I only let it sit for maybe 5 minutes before scrubbing and it came right off. Then I tilted the pan and repeated, making sure to get the soda/peroxide mixture down in the corners. Again, very minimal scrubbing and in the end my pan looked like this:
I'll bet the scratches are from the spatula scrubbing, so I don't recommend that method, especially since it's really not necessary. After the baking soda/peroxide cleaning I then used my regular dish soap to clean the pan.
I am so thrilled to have found a simple pan cleaning method!!! And really I'm not real sure what that says about me that I'm this excited...... ;)
Deep Thoughts: "You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you. - Andy Warhol"
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