For Christmas, I got Huff the Hubs a cookbook. He’s hoping to cook his way through it this year (a la, Julie and Julia) and last night he made asparagus soup. It turned out great! However, he left the burner on a little too high and, well…
It turned the bottom of my big pot a lovely shade of black.
He perused the interwebs to find a way to get the tar off and I said, “Wait! I want to watch–this can be a Try It Tuesday!” (Because, one, I didn’t have anything prepped for today and two, well… that’s about it.) He found this site and set to work.
Here’s what he used:
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of water
Fill your pot (or pan) with enough water to create a layer on the bottom. Then add 1 cup of vinegar and bring it to a boil.
As it boiled, I could already see some of the burnt part coming off!
After the vinegar reaches a full, rolling boil remove it from heat and add in the baking soda. (Huff the Hubs did this part in the sink just in case the fizz bubbled over!)
Sorry; the pics are a little blurry because of the steam. After the bubbles settle down, swish the contents of the pot/pan around. Then, get to scrubbing. After about 10 minutes, here’s what the pot looked like:
Better, but not great.
The website said for more stubborn stains, sprinkle baking soda into the pot/pan and add a little water to create a paste:
HtH let it set until after dinner (about an hour or two) and rinsed and scrubbed some more.
It looks MUCH better. Not back to normal, but pretty close! I think this would’ve worked better if we had a Brillo pad or something comparable. All we had was a scrub brush. Have you ever tried this before? Did you try something different? What were your results? Share in the comments below!