I seriously burnt my pot dry while steaming some cauliflower for our fav Cauliflower Pizza. I left it to go put away some laundry and came back just as the smoke started curling around the edges. Lovely. Why didn’t I check the water level before I left?!?!
When I first saw the state of this, I thought it was toast. There is no way it would come off with scrubbing and I was just about to toss it in the trash when I remembered a little tip I read in a magaine once.
I filled the pot with white vinegar up to the top of the scorch marks. And then I let it soack for 24 hours.
I came back, rinse out the vinegar and used a scour pad to clean out the pot. The burnt marks practically washed away. I barely had to scrub.
I want to grab some more white vinegar and soak some of my older pots to give them a good cleaning too.
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Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose says
Yes! We’ve used the vinegar trick, too. Although, I didn’t know you could use it for deep scours. Great tip!
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Athena at Minerva's Garden says
That is a great tip, Amanda–I will keep this in mind. I use vinegar to clean the countertops and appliance fronts, but hadn’t used it to remove a burn mark like this before–good idea!
Recreate and Decorate says
OMG I blogged about scorching a pot a month or so ago! I was told to use comet and boil it! turned out spotless!!
Toqua's Crafts says
I will have to keep this in mind… not that I burn my pots dry very often… it is good keep these things in mind.
I tried the vinegar trick and it didn’t work (I even simmered it for a while as instructed on some websites). Then I remembered a hint a friend told me. I cut open a dishwasher pellet and emptied it into the pot with water to cover the black soot and left it overnight. The next morning the black mess wiped away without any scrubbing. This apparently works on all baked on mess.
I’ve always had great luck with the vinegar trick, but that’s good to know of another solution too. Thanks for sharing!
In the absence of white vinegar, would it be possible to substitue vodka?