How to Clean a Burnt Teflon Pan
Cleaning burnt Teflon pans is an irritating task for sure. Although butter does not stick to Teflon surfaces, and food slides right out of its non-stick coating, sometimes it needs a trick to clean a burnt Teflon pan. Here are a few quick and easy solutions to clean a burnt Teflon pan and keep it performing and looking as good as new. Read on this oneHOWTO article to know how to clean a burnt Teflon pan.
First of all, allow the pan to cool down. When it is safe to touch the burnt pan, scratch off any loose residue using a plastic or wooden spatula or a paper towel. If the pan is still warm, use a pot holder or a cloth to hold the pan’s handle. Make sure to use non-metal utensils only on Teflon surfaces, as metal ones may scratch the Teflon layer of the pan, and sometimes even remove it completely. If you want to save the rest of the food in the Teflon pan itself, use a non-metal utensil to take the food out of the pan and store it in a container to use later.
Once the pan is cool and you have removed the loose food from the surface, place the pan in the sink basin. Try to keep it flat in the sink, but if the sink is small in size, it may stick out a little. That’s not a big problem, as you would be rotating it anyway to wash it. Turn the sink faucet on and allow hot water to run through it. Let the pan remain filled with hot water for 5-10 minutes.
Now use a sponge, paper towel or a nylon scrubber to wash the pan. Sprinkle a few drops of the dish-washing liquid to wipe its surface. Make sure to scrub all areas of the inside and outside of the pan, including its handle and hinges. Now rinse off any soap residue. Never use an abrasive cleaning pad on a Teflon pan, as the abrasive material will remove or damage the pan’s non-stick coating.
Once the pan is as clean as possible, add some vinegar and water to the pan. Usually, you fill half of the pan with water, and add ½ cup vinegar to it.
Now keep the pan on stove and boil the mixture of vinegar and water. Let it boil for 5-10 minutes. As the mixture gets hotter, the food particles and oil in the pan start rising to the water surface.
Now turn off the heat, and dab a paper towel on the pools of oil to collect it. As the mixture and the pan will be very hot, make sure you don’t touch it directly with your skin. Dispose off the paper towel and use a plastic spoon to collect any floating food particles. When you have removed all the debris, pour the rest of the mixture down the drain.
Finally, use a sponge, paper towel, washcloth or soft nylon scrubber to clean the pan gently with a dish-washing liquid. Now rinse it with clean water and let it dry. Your burnt Teflon pan is ready to be used again.
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