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I left a stainless steel pan on the stove too long and it's very scorched! it has come clean on the surface, but is charred black. how do I get the black off?
 

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barkeeper's friend. make it into a paste and then let it sit for a couple minutes. it should scrub right off.
 

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what's barkeeper's friend?<br><br>
does anyone know if heating up wine in it might work? (I swear my late DH used to do that to clean off burnt stuff, but my memory is foggy) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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it's a powdered cleaner like Comit<br>
You can get it at WalMart I know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
I have seen recomended to use sugar and lemon juice, but I haven't tried it.<br>
Personally, I have scorched the outside of my SS pans because of using them over a campfire or BBQ grill. I just let it wear off.<br>
If it's that hard to scrub off, it's probably not going to fall off in the food, kwim?
 

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Is the inside what is still charred? I left mulling spices in one of my ss saucepans and it was TOTALLY charred on for months. I tried everything- vinegar soak, comet, bon ami- you name it! I got it to the point where it was still functional- just really ugly and gross looking. Then, last week, I heated some tomato sauce in the pan with the ravioli I cooked. Viola, clean pan. The acidity from the tomatoes did it!<br>
Try the tomatoes... can't hurt, and all natural!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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barkeeper's friend is just a scouring powder (similar to bon ami) with oxalic acid in it. oxalic acid is a vegetable derived organic acid. it is toxic if ingested in large doses.<br><br>
it works INCREDIBLY well on stainless steel and is pretty cheap. $2.50 will buy you a can that lasts for a very, very long time. it is sold pretty much anywhere stainless steel is sold, and also at most natural/health food stores.
 

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I use Bar Keeper's Friend too. But if you don't want to use it,<br>
you can try cooking rhubarb and then use the cooking water to clean stainless steel. I have never tried this but rhubarb has oxalic acid in it, like BKF, which is why it's supposed to work.
 

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We just did this last week. DH's remedy, which works like a charm, is mixing baking soda and water in the pan and boiling it for a good long time. It takes the blackened charred stuff right off.
 
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