Removing burnt food from cookware can be a nightmare. As long as the pan isn’t non-stick, the scouring powder below will work beautifully, and because they are natual ingredients, you won’t have to worry about residual chemicals. Just add 1 cup of salt to 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda and belnd well. Store in a covered container with your other cleaning supplies.
When you need to use it, shake a little onto a wet cloth and scour as usual. You’ll find your pots and pans come up sparkling clean! Below are some alternative techniques …
- Before you start doing the dishes, wet the burnt spot, sprinkle with salt, leave for 10 mins and scrub well.
- Try cooking off the burnt food – fill the pan with water, add 2tbsp bicarbonate of soda and simmer over a medium eat. Use a spatula to scrape the food from the pan. Allow the water to cool to room temperature and clean as usual.
- For badly burnt pans, sprinkle a thick layer of bicarbonate of soda and then just enough water to moisten. Leave to soak overnight and then scrub clean.
- For non-stick pans, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water. Transfer to a cloth and scrub the pan gently. This lifts the grease and removes odours but won’t harm the coating.
- You can also use the above with baking trays, roasting tins and microwave turntables (use 4 parts water to 1 part white vinegar).
- If your pans are aluminium, mis some cream of tartare with enough boiling water to make a paste and apply.