How do I get the crud off ...

GreenladyMay 25, 2004

My enameled frying pan has that black crud build up on the bottom , and I'd like to clean it off. Soaking it in baking soda and water hasn't helped, and I don't want to use anything harsh like oven cleaner.

Any suggestions? I don't think it hurts the cooking ability, but it looks awful.

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nelles_gw

Try the new Dawn Power Dissolver. It's a spray-on cleaner, available in grocery stores near the dish detergent stuff. I used it to clean my gas bbq grill & they came out great!

HTH,
Ellen

    Bookmark   May 26, 2004 at 10:20AM
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Greenlady

Thanks, Ellen!! I use Dawn dish soap, so that sounds like a good product. I hate for the enamel to be a lovely blue in the inside of the pan, and a nasty crust outside. I am going to the store on Friday, so I'll pick up some then.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2004 at 6:12PM
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Baumer

If you but in bag with ammonia in it. Let sit over night-will be clean in the am. I do this to oven racks to self-cleaning oven.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2004 at 9:47AM
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Greenlady

Thanks, I never thought of ammonia .... The Dawn stuff got most of it off, but there is still some really heavy crud on the bottom. I will try the ammonia trick on that.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2004 at 6:30PM
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Lynne_SJO

Le Creuset also has their own brand label for a product for cleaning their enameled cast-iron pans. It works pretty good on mine, not getting all the black off, but most of it. It is non-abrasive, cleaning by chemical action. I got mine at Sur Le Table.

Lynne

    Bookmark   July 4, 2004 at 2:27PM
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Greenlady

I haven't had a chance to try the ammonia (company with kids), but I will look for the Le Creuset stuff. There are some upscale gourmet equipment stores here, and I'll see if they have it.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2004 at 6:26PM
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smom40

I don't know about enamel, but if you want to watch copper glow, use vinegar and salt. Make a paste and it's fab. Black crud, gone!

I'd try it if this was my own pan, but I can't vouch what it would do to an expensive enamel pan, so do this at your own risk.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2004 at 10:57PM
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lindac

Vinegar and salt won't do a thing for burnt on grease....you can use oven cleaner...not the heavy duty stuff. It may dull the finish....but it's better than black.
Lidna C

    Bookmark   January 1, 2005 at 12:51PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Soak in a little warm water and Cascade dishwasher detergent.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2005 at 3:23AM
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Greenlady

Wow, good thing I came back to check. So far I haven't had a chance to try the ammonia thing, but I did try baking soda and vinegar, and got more of it off. Maybe if I try all these suggestions (not all at once, of course), I'll end up with a clean pan. I have some Cascade dishwasher detergent left over from the days when I had a dishwasher. I will try that one next. Thanks!!!!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2005 at 6:42PM
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Purple_Jade

Did you try making a paste out of baking soda and scrubbing with that? It won't hurt your pan and I've found it takes almost anything off of almost any hard surface if you use it as a thick paste.
I also read on the HGTV site recently how you can boil a pot that has burnt on food in a bigger pot, i think with vinegar and salt in the water as well, for 30 min. at least.
I recently threw away a pot I thought was ruined, wish I knew about this before, might have saved my pot!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2005 at 12:52PM
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chinacat_sunflower

:) a sheet of Bounce in a tray of water, soak overnight-

I didn't believe my mother in law the firs time she told me that...

then I burnt something on my vintage swedish enamel casserole.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2005 at 1:33PM
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Greenlady

Bounce? I'll see if they have that here. Everything that has been suggested has helped a little, but it still looks awful. :-( Enough suggestions and I might have a clean pan eventually. ;-)

    Bookmark   January 15, 2005 at 3:12PM
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