Cooking in the kitchen is one thing (not easy though) but the cleaning part can sometimes get a little overwhelming, whether it is the greasy remains of the most amazing cheesy pasta or burnt-on residue of some unfortunate chocolate muffins in the oven.
Though, we understand having a variety of stainless steel cookware pots and pans in your cookware range is a must for any culinary enthusiast but paying proper attention to cleaning and maintenance is equally as important.
No matter how careful you are with your cookware sometimes just dish soap, though the most efficient and recommended method, is just isn’t enough for cases like burnt marks, discoloration and stuck gunk. And scrubbing with an abrasive steel wire scrub on your favorite stainless steel pan is definitely a no go! So we’ve rounded up some of the best tried and trusted ways to help you in proper cleaning and care of your kitchen cookware. As they say, it is always wise to be well informed!
Vinegar and Salt for Copper Cookware:
Tough stains on copper cookware and even stainless steel can be a nightmare to clean with simple dish soap and not to mention the impact that rigorous cleaning can have on your favorite cookware. But, not to worry a simple and safe method is to use vinegar and salt.
All you have to do is splash your copper or stainless steel cookware clean with vinegar and sprinkle some salt on it. Scrub it gently with a scouring pad (use a non-abrasive one, gently, as the salt is also abrasive) and the gunk and burnt residue will come right off. Add more vinegar if required.
Bonus: Not only will it beautifully clean your copper cookware, if will also add a brightened finish to it.
Baking Soda Works Wonders!
That annoying burnt up residue or just burn marks on your favorite pan or pot can be a major pain while cleaning, and not to mention the elbow grease involved. Baking soda works wonders in this case.
All you have to do is to add 1 quart hot water and 1/4th cup baking soda to it, let sit for a while and afterwards scrub it with a double-sided sponge or a wooden ladle. If the burnt residue or marks still don’t give up add some amount of hydrogen peroxide to the mixture and let sit for one hour and voila!
Bonus: It works well with your enamel cookware as well. However, it would be recommended to not leave your favorite cookware with burnt-up residue over night as it gets harder to get it off.
Simple Detergent for your Anodized Aluminum Cookware!
Anodized aluminum cookware has a non-stick, hardened and scratch resistant surface however for prolonged use of the item. It is necessary to handle it carefully and tactfully. Even if it is mentioned on the pack that it is scratch resistant, nothing abrasive should be used on your aluminum cookware.
To tackle that problem you can simply use a heavy duty dish-washing detergent. All you need to do is add very hot water and detergent to your anodized aluminum cookware and scrub it with a non-abrasive scouring pad or sponge and you are done!
Note: you can increase or decrease the quantity of detergent according to your cookware.
Barkeepers Friend; Cheap and Efficient!
One of the best solutions for cleaning your aluminum and stainless steel cookware. It is super-efficient, cheap and does its job. All you need to do is add a sufficient amount of this cleaning powder and scrub it with a double-sided sponge. A little elbow grease is required but it will make your stainless steel pan or cupcake tin look restored.
Note: the powder is very mildly abrasive, use carefully on a delicate surface!
Rub Lemon with Salt!
Lemon is a great grease cutting agent. Copper, aluminum and even cast iron cookware can be easily cleaned with lemon and salt. All you need to do is cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt and rub it gently on the surface of your cookware.
It will cut through the grease, stuck gunk or burnt surface, to give it a clean and polished shine. However salt is abrasive so if you are using it on a delicate surface, you can just use a mixture of lemon juice and salt.
Bonus: Salt can also be used as a scouring agent in cleaning kitchen utensils with dish soap, leaving the surface with a gentle shine!