Looking after two children and a husband often away with work, means that I have to multi task alot. However, sometimes things don't always run smoothly and I have a tendancy to forget about my dinner which results in a burnt on mess. The dry sizzle of food burning onto the pan and the terrible smell is enough to make you want to chuck the pan in the bin. Usually a good soak and a hard scrub will solve the problem but occasionally it's a much bigger task.
Here's how to easily remove welded on burnt food from the bottom of a stainless steel saucepan. It's cheap, quick and doesn't require elbow grease.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials 1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
Vinegar is the magic ingredient
Give the pan a quick rinse under the tap to remove any loose pieces of food (in this example everything was welded to the bottom of the pan)
Mix the white vinegar and water together.
Add the vinegar/water mix to the saucepan.
Bring the vinegar/water mix to the boil.
The vinegar and water need to be boiling
After 5 minutes of boiling, use your wooden spoon to gently loosen off the burnt food.
Use a wooden spoon to help speed up the process
It will take about 15 minutes in total for the burnt food to be dislodged and a scraping with the wooden spoon will help speed up the process.
Be careful not to let the saucepan run dry, you don't want to have a repeat of the mistake that got you into this mess in the first place.
Once all the burnt food has been removed, throw out the water/vinegar mix.
Wash the pan in hot soapy water to ensure you have removed all traces of the burn and any vinegar residue as you don't want your food to take on this taste.
Clean again without a trace of the burnt on mess
Alternatively, you could set a timer so you don't forget about your dinner. I'm hoping I've learnt my lesson this time.