Getting Stuck-on Food off Your Bakeware –
Have you ever felt like things seem to happen exactly when you need them to? It happens to me all the time. For instance, I found this pin on Pinterest just the other day. It was an article on how to clean stuck-on food off your bakeware or pans.
Crazy thing about it is that I happened to find it two days after I attempted to bake egg soufflés in our cupcake pans. While the soufflés were good, and easy to package up and freeze for easy morning breakfasts, the mess they left in the cupcake pan proved to be almost impossible to remove. I used a ton of butter to grease them, so I don’t know why they stuck so much! Next time, I’m going to use cupcake liners, but in the meantime, I was left with a mess.
Well, anyway, I washed the pans by hand first, but the baked-on eggs weren’t budging. Then, I soaked them overnight in hot water and vinegar, with a little Dawn dish detergent. In the morning, they were still in pretty bad shape, so I ran them through the dishwasher. That didn’t work either. If anything, it seemed even more baked in.
I told my daughter we would probably have to throw them out. She was not happy, as she needed them to make brownies that day for work, and brownies are so much easier to share at the office if they are already individually wrapped. Again, I’m getting off topic… The point was that I couldn’t get the eggs off of the pan, and we couldn’t use them in that condition. They sat on dish drainer for a few days because I couldn’t bring myself to just throw them away. I was sure I’d find a way to get them clean…
Then I saw that pin. Crazy how things just happen to show up in my Pinterest feed, right when I need them, huh? It said that you could get the dried-on, stubborn food off of bake ware by putting a dryer sheet in hot water and soaking it overnight. Well, what do you know?! I’ve got a dirty piece of bakeware – two actually – and I’ve got dryer sheets! At this point, I would have tried anything, as they would be headed for the trash (or to the shed to be used next year to start seeds in) if I couldn’t get the baked egg off of them.
So, this morning, I filled up the kitchen sink with hot water, threw in the pans and a dryer sheet and let it soak all day.
An additional bonus to this process is that my kitchen smelled lovely all day – like fresh laundry, one of my favorite scents!
When I went back this afternoon, I’ll be darned if all the crusty grossness was soft and readily wiped right off! Only a few spots were still stuck on, but with a little elbow grease, it came off too.
Yay! Pinterest Success!!
I love it when I find something simple to fix a tough job!
Have you tried any new ways to tackle a tough job?