Cleaning Burnt Food from Non-Stick Cookware

Recommended Nonstick Cookware Care is essential for the long life of your cookware however mistakes happen and there are times when we need to use different techniques than the one’s we should normally practice. We’ve seen numerous pieces of non-stick cookware over the years that we thought could never come clean but with some patience combined with trial and error we’ve learned some tricks that just might help you with your cookware. Trying to remove burnt, stuck on food from a nonstick pan doesn’t always turn out the way you might hope but in this tough economic time it is definitely worth a shot to try and save a piece of cookware before buying something new.

When dealing with burnt food on a nonstick surface it is important to keep in mind that hopefully underneath this burnt stuck on mess is a non-stick coating still in tact. This hope means that we need to make sure our cleaning methods are still appropriate for a nonstick surface because it won’t do us any good to remove the burnt food if we ruin the surface of the cookware.

Baking Soda Method
1.  Using a nylon or wooden spatula gently try to scrape off any loose pieces of the burnt food.
2.  Rub some baking soda into the burnt food using a nonstick safe scrubbing brush and then fill the pan just above the burnt mess with very warm water and let it soak for an hour.
3.  After soaking for an hour you should see some yellowish brown discoloration. Dump out the water and try to gently scrape off any loosened pieces with a nylon or wooden spatula.
4.  Repeat this 3 to four times. If at this point it seems to be working continue with this method, if not try the next method.

White Vinegar Method (This method can also be tried using lemon juice)
1.  Mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Using enough of this mixture to cover the burnt food by about 50%.
2.  Boil this mixture for 2-3 minutes and then dump out the contents
3.  Attempt to gently scrape off any loosened pieces with a nylon or wooden spatula
4.  Repeat this 3 to four times. If at this point it seems to be working continue with this method, if not try the next method.

If these methods don’t work then you can try the commercial cleaner route. There are some good safe commercial cleaners on the market, just be sure they are meant for nonstick cookware. When using these cleaners just follow the instructions given by the manufacturer.

Remember to avoid using any harsher cleaning methods because these methods can cause the nonstick coating on some cookware to peel. The whole idea of trying to save your piece of cookware is so you can use it and if it starts peeling we definitely don’t recommend using it.