Stainless steel is one of the best materials used in the manufacture of kitchen utensils for its durability and aesthetic appeal. Unlike non-stick pans, however, it can be difficult to clean if not used properly. It’s important to establish a cleaning routine for your cookware and learn how to clean stubborn stains effectively. It is also possible to oil the stainless steel pans to make them non-stick, which will prevent food from sticking and will facilitate cleaning.
Here are some amazing cooking appliances which you can use to reduce your cleaning work.
1. Clean stains and encrusted food from cooking utensils. If the pan has stuck food in it, soak it in hot, soapy water first (you can also let it soak overnight). Drain off the water then scrub vigorously with a scouring pad. This will remove most of the encrusted food.
- Do not use a steel wool pad or copper brush, although they are effective against burnt food, they will scratch the surface of your cookware.
2. Clean the burn marks from the utensils. If your pan is damaged due to the heat (for example, by being on the stove too long), you can probably clean it with baking soda. Make sure the pan is completely dry then sprinkle generously with baking soda on the surface. Rub the baking soda well all over the pan with a dry cloth or sponge.
- You can also add a little water with the baking soda to make a paste.
- If you’re really struggling to remove burn marks, try a mildly abrasive powder cleanser. Generously sprinkle the product over the bottom of your pan and add a little hot water to form a paste. Rub with a wet sponge then rinse thoroughly. Your pans will be like new.
3. Clean any traces of water drops from the utensils. The traces of water drops appear because of the minerals in the water and not because of the water itself. This will happen frequently if you live in a place where the water is rich in minerals, but traces of water drops can also appear due to additional components such as fluoride. If you dry your pans by hand, water droplets won’t be a problem. If they appear, wipe each pot with a little sparkling water. Rinse them and then dry them with a clean cloth.
- You can also soak the pan in vinegar and then wash it as usual with a mild detergent and a soft cloth.
4. Heat the large traces of burns. If the scorch marks on the pan cannot be removed with baking soda or soap, you can heat them. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the traces and boil the water. Add a few spoons of salt, turn off the heat and let the pan sit for several hours. Discard the water and wipe off the marks with a scouring pad. If the traces are really resistant, you can repeat the operation.
- Add salt only after the water boils. If you add salt to cold water, it can damage the metal.
- Instead of salt, you can add lemon juice or white vinegar to the pot. Another interesting method is to boil pure tomato juice in the burnt pan. The tomato’s natural acidity is believed to help remove stains.