Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Need help with pan scum

First off, I want to say welcome Olla. For those of you that don't know Olla, she is my wonderful Grandmother-in-law.

Olla, I am so glad you were finally able to join us, and the pumpkin recipe looks really good. I'll have to try it soon!

Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer is having a backwards "Works for me Wednesday". Instead of giving a handy tip, everyone is asking for a tip. So if you read this blog and can help, please comment!

Here's my query. What can I do to get rid of the yucky, sticky, yellowish buildup that accumulates around the edges of my glass bake ware, cookie sheets, muffin pans, etc. Plain old soap and scrubbing isn't getting my pans clean, and it bothers me that I can't ever get my nice pans looking new again.

Thanks!
Jessica

9 comments:

cjardim said...

I don't have any suggestions for you but will be watching the comments here because this is also a problem for me.

Kim said...

My husband occasionally gets sick of - I just ignore it as long as it is not inside the pan where the food touches LOL

He uses comet scouring powder and elbow grease and of course rinses well.

However, you can't do that on non-stick bakeware.

Ron and Ginny said...

I use a plastic scrubby and baking soda. It takes a LOT of elbow grease, but if you keep up with it (scrubbing each time it is washed) then it never gets out of hand.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Clean magic eraser pad and dishwasher detergent. Not the kind that you normally use to hand wash dishes in the sink,the kind that goes in the dish washer.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm a little hesitant to use the Mr. Clean scrubber on my dishes though because I think I heard once that one of the cleaning agents in those is formaldehyde, but I could be wrong...

Sounds like I just need more elbow grease!

SAHMmy Says said...

I use Barkeeper's Friend or Bon Ami and the green scrubby side of a Heavy Duty Scotch Brite sponge. So far I haven't etched any of my glassware. It also works to take the burned-on grease off stainless steel pans.

Azul said...

It's super stinky, caustic, and yucky, but if you take them outdoors and spray with oven cleaner and allow it to set overnigh, they will come clean the next day will very little scrubbing.

I've done this on my non-stick bakeware as well, and it has not damaged them.

The other thing I've found is that non stick sprays like PAM were causing this yucky buildup, so I quit using them. Instead, I use homemade non stick coating, i.e., equal proportions of oil, solid vegetable shortening, and flour. You just whip this mix with your mixer until it doubles in volume and looks like marshmallow cream. It works great, and doesn't leave that yellow goo on your bakeware.

Andrea said...

I second Bar Keeper's friend - I use it on ALL of my stainless steel items. Pans, pots, sink...

Baking soda and a scrubby works well too. :)

Jill said...

Bon Ami and Magic Eraser. Magic eraser isn't toxic, that's a urban myth. Works great for me.