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#1 of 5 Old 09-17-2006, 12:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Uggg - I was making something that required boiling a mixture that had a lot of sugar in it. It went from a slow boil to a burned mess in a matter of seconds. I soaked the pan last night with some baking soda but it's stuck and not going anywhere any time soon

I've tried boiling the pot with baking soda water but it's still stuck.

Any other ideas for how I can get the 1 inch thick layer of burnt sugar off the bottom of my pot?
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Long soaking. Also might work to put a good bit more water into the pan and set it on a low burner to try to redissolve the syrup.

I did something like this once in that I let the syrup get way too thick, and it burned. I managed to get it into a bowl, but the bowl and spoon I left in it were a loss when the mess set up like concrete.

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Hot or boiling vinegar gets rid of gooey or sugary messes. Once it softens, then you can use the baking soda to scrub the softened mess away. Citrus (like lemon juice) or orange oils also get rid of sugars nicely.
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Thank you! I ended up adding vinegar to the boiling water / baking soda mixture and not only did it bubble up and over but it peeled the sugar up in sheets! Yay! It worked - thank you
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Just wanted to say thanks Amcal, husband burnt chocolate to bottom of pan, really bad, solid black mess, even steel wool not moving even the top of it. I boiled vinegar in it, and added our home made dishwasher powder- bicarb, salt and citric acid. As you described, I simply lifted the black burnt yick off to a beautiful stainless steel finish below. Took all of 5 minutes, Thanks again.

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