Kitchen Tip: Cleaning Burnt-On Pans

IMG_2198Confession: I *occasionally* burn things. It happens.
For me, it usually happens because I have a friend over and I get distracted talking and talking and talking (sorry, I’m a talker.) So, there’s often the added embarrassment of an audience around when I burn things.
This happened early this week. I invited my friend Krista over to brainstorm ideas for our new Family Table ministry. I thought I’d be sweet and bake us some teriyaki chicken, too. Well….let’s just say I got caught up in all the excitement of planning something new and beautiful. Next thing you know, I’m like, “Hey! What’s that smell?”
Ugh. So embarrassing!
The chicken was still shockingly edible, but the pan was toast. And, to make matters worse, it was my brand new Le Creuset brazier from France! I wanted to cry. Instead, I acted like it was no big deal (an audience, remember?) and did the only thing I could think to do. I removed all the chicken and then added the following:
2 cups warm water
1/2 cup vinegar (I used apple cider b/c that’s what I had around)
Then,I put the lid on the pot and shoved it back in the warm oven. It was turned off, but I hoped the pan would steam and it did. You could do the same on your stovetop if your pan isn’t oven safe. Just simmer the vinegar water gently and let set until cool. Then, rinse and wipe.
The results?

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Isn’t that amazing? I could hardly believe it. No scrubbing! I just rinsed and wiped with a sponge. Incredible.
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