Burnt on Food

once burnt on food

I don’t know about you, but I hate scrubbing burnt pans! Fortunately, they don’t come along very often. I was wondering what to write about for my next post (the only downfall to blogging…) when it hit me. I have to tell you about the easiest way to clean a pan with burnt on food.

A few days ago, I made a pan of rice. I got the pan on the stove, rice, water, cover, heat, done. My husband had an “urgent errand” I had to take him on. I turned the stove way down and told my daughter to listen for it to boil over. Well, needless to say, we ended up with burnt rice. It really wasn’t that bad, most of it was salvageable except for the bottom ¼ inch. And it was burnt, black as black can be. Ugh!

Childhood memories came flooding back of hours and hours spent scrubbing burnt pans ’til my hands and arms hurt! Okay, so I was a kid, it probably wasn’t that bad. Did I mention, I hate scrubbing burnt pans!!!

Here’s how to get around scrubbing for hours and hours. First thing to do, scrape as much yuck off as possible. Next, put enough water in the pan to cover the black. (BTW, this works for any burnt pan, including baking pans). Add some salt, you want approximately 1 Tbsp to 1 cup of water. Now, bring the water to boil. I know it sounds crazy, but it does help. As soon as it boils, pull it off the heat and let it sit for a couple hours. Make a couple swipes with the scrubbie, no elbow grease is necessary. Pour out the water. Now, pour in enzymes to cover burnt on food. (Some will tell you to dilute it, I don’t.) I let mine sit for two days, 12 hours is usually enough, but I really didn’t want to deal with it. So, today, I stuck my finger in it to see how easily the black stuff came up. OMGosh!!! Every single bit of that black stuff came off with the swipe of my finger! I kid you not! A couple of swipes with my finger and all the black stuff was gone. I ran a soapy cloth over it and look at my pan. I took this picture just after this whole procedure. What I want to know, where was this stuff when I was a kid?!?!?!

The last time I used this method, there was a little bit of scrubbing involved but I didn’t let it sit in the enzymes as long.

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