Cooking is delightful till you have to clean burned food in the dirty pots and pans afterwards. It takes hours cleaning those scarred kitchenware, and the number one kitchen catastrophe is burnt food, which clings to these stainless pans. Getting that charred, blackened overcooked food from the pan or pot takes hours of scrubbing and scrapping. To clean these pans and make them sparkle again in lesser time, we have gathered here the right trick! So say good-bye to the long hours in front of the sink, and welcome in these simple methods to help you save your expensive and shiny kitchen ware.


You can learn how to clean burned food from stainless pan in no time with this guide:


Method 1:

What you will needburned food

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • A scourer
  • Burnt stainless steel pan
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda




  1. Fill the dpan (or pot) with water.


  1. Add the vinegar to the pan with water inside.


  1. Set the pan on a stove, and bring the mixture to boil. This will loosen the burnt food from it somewhat.

  1. Remove the pan form the stove and add the baking soda. There will be a fizz and bubbles will appear.

  1. Almost all the burnt stains will be removed, but if there are still a few left on the pan, use the scourer with a pinch of baking soda and water over it to rub on the pan.


Method 2:

What you will need

  • Water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Plastic pan scraper
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Burnt stainless steel pot or pan



  1. Fill up the pot or pan with at least 3 inches of water.


  1. Add the baking soda to it.


  1. Set the pot or pan on the stove and let the water boil for 15 minutes.


  1. Now wash the pot or pan as you normally do in the kitchen sink, and lightly scrub around the blackened areas. The burnt food will come off easily.


  1. If the burnt residue remains clinging with the pot or pan, add the vinegar to the pot and let it boil for a few minutes.


Method 3:

What you will need

  • Water
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice or white vinegar
  • Burnt stainless steel pot or pan
  • A scouring pad



  1. If baking soda does not remove the burnt food off the pan or pot after scrubbing, cook the stubborn marks off. This is done by filling up the burnt stainless steel pot or pan with water and allowing the water to come to a boil.


  1. Now add a few teaspoons of salt to the water, and turn off the heat. Let the pan sit this way for a few hours.


  1. Throw out the water and scrub the burnt food off the pot or pan with a scouring pad.


  1. If the stains remain, repeat the steps above. You can add lemon juice or white vinegar instead of the salt this time.

Tips: Remember to add the salt to the water when the boil begins. Never add salt to cold water as it can pit the metal.


Another interesting way of cleaning off burnt food marks from pans is by boiling 100% tomato juice in the burnt pan. The natural acidity of the tomatoes will remove the film of burnt food clinging to the pot or pan. Tomato ketchup can also do the magic by leaving a layer of it in the pot or pan overnight. Hydrogen peroxide can also be used instead of baking soda for cleaning burned food from stainless pans or pots. Another trick to try is using Coca-Cola to wash the burned food off the pan! Let the Coke stay in the pot or pan for a few hours and then scrape off the goo!


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