In the kitchen we need to experiment, it doesn’t matter if we mess up a little or make some mistakes. Very often there is always the desire to prepare something to eat, but if we have to clean the desire passes immediately!

And sometimes just the slightest distraction is enough to make a real mess, such as burnt or encrusted pans .

It happened to me just a few days ago, and cleaning this dirt is tiring and also a waste of time. Then I found a method to remove encrusted food without scrubbing for hours . I’ll tell you how I did it!

A little advice before starting

If you notice that food has caked on the bottom of the pan , remember to immediately add some hot water , so the dirt will soften and it will be much easier to remove it.

Be very careful if your pan is made of stainless steel or non-stick . In the latter case you must be more careful, because using abrasive or aggressive tools could damage the Teflon that covers the pan : this is harmful to your health and the pan must then be replaced.

How do I use the descaling method

Now I’ll explain to you step by step how I cleaned a crusted pan , using a method that includes a natural remedy with descaling properties , citric acid :

But before showing you in detail how much to use, we will divide the cleaning of the pan into several phases .

Step 1: Soften the dirt

To eliminate food residues inside the pan , you need to soften the dirt . So the best thing to do is fill the pot halfway with plain water, bring it to the heat and let it heat up slightly.

However, before it comes to the boil, turn off the heat and add a drop of organic dish soap , it contains the necessary surfactants useful for degreasing the pan.

At this point, wait the time it takes for the water to become lukewarm and the pan is not boiling, so as not to run the risk of burning yourself. Now let’s move on to using citric acid .

Step 2: Use citric acid

If you don’t know it yet, citric acid is a remedy with multiple functions: it eliminates limescale and is a natural descaler . To use it in this circumstance, place the pot in the sink . Then add a tablespoon of citric acid .

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You will notice that there will be a slight reaction and a foam will form , which is why it is much better to do everything in the sink so as not to dirty the work surface.

Also in this case, leave it to act for a few hours , then we can move on to the last phase.

NB if you don’t have citric acid and your pan isn’t very encrusted, you can skip this step.

Step 3: Finish with an abrasive remedy

Once an hour has passed, we empty the pot and turn on the running water . In the meantime we use a kitchen sponge with a handful of sodium bicarbonate , scrubbing the inside of the pot. The slightly abrasive action of baking soda will make cleaning even faster.

You will notice, as you rub, that the dirt will go away effortlessly. At this point you can rinse the pot and dry it. You can follow the entire cleaning process in this video :

How to have pans that are always shiny and streak-free

Before leaving us, I want to give you some little tips to keep your pans always shiny and like new :

  1. immediately soak the pot or pan in hot water , so that the food does not stick
  2. do not use scouring pads that could scratch the surface, prefer special sponges or even better a loofah
  3. you can put a drop of vinegar in the pan when you wash it so you won’t have any streaks.

This method for cleaning burnt pans is simple and really works. Always be careful when handling very hot objects to avoid the risk of burning yourself.