The best part about cooking your meals is that when you are all done, you’ll have prepared a delicious meal that you can be proud of. The worst part is that you’ve to deal with the dirty dishes.
Worst still is that the pots and pans have grease and are scorched to the extent that your soap and sponge cannot match the level of scrubbing that they need. However, with these tried-and-tested methods, that task can now be easier and quicker.
1. Boil Method
For blackened and scorched stainless steel pans and burnt on foods, heat up. Add water to your blackened pan and boil it for 5-7 minutes (you don’t have to fill the pan all the way up with water as the steam will take care of that).
After the burnt on foods have loosened up, scrub them off with the rough part of your sponge. For metal baking dishes or glass, add boiling water to them and let it settle for few minutes before scrubbing them with a sponge.
2. Hot Water Soak
Soaking dirty pots and pans with hot water can loosen caked or baked on food especially the rich chocolate brownies or cheesy lasagnas.
Fill the dirty pans and dishes with hot water and cover them. Let soak for about 20 minutes or until the food loosens. If the food doesn’t loosen up, add hot water and let it soak overnight. Scrub it in the morning.
3. Use Households Items
You can use distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and fresh lemon juice to clean your dirty stainless steel cookware.
The three form a triple cleansing threat. Add vinegar or a dash of baking soda during the boil method to make the cleaning process a little easier.
Soak baking dishes or soak pots in hot water with fresh lemon juice and baking soda for an enhanced clean. Rub half a lemon around the sides and bottom of stainless pans and pots to give them extra shine. You can apply a squirt of vinegar and rinse with water to remove any residual odors.
Cleaning Cast-Ironed Pan
When cleaning cast iron, never use abrasive sponges or soap as it’ll ruin the seasoning that protects the pan. Cast iron should be rinsed with boiling or hot water.
If there are still food crumbs stuck to it, use warm water with kosher salt and use a soft sponge to loosen the remaining residue. After the dish is dry, apply some vegetable oil on the bottoms and sides to prevent rusting by keeping it lubricated.
Keep copper away from regular soap and water or else it’ll oxidize. Clean your copper pan with boiled water that has a good amount of vinegar.
Hopefully, one, or all these tips will be helpful in your cleaning endeavors. It is always a chore to clean and anything that makes the process easier or quicker is alright in my book.