How to clean up burnt sugar on cooking pans

Written by samantha volz
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For many people, nothing defines home or the holidays like freshly baked cookies and pies. These tasty treats can brighten up any day, and are a hallmark of holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. Cooking and baking have their hazards, however, including the threat of burning food. Burnt sugar can leave an ugly black scar on your cooking pans. Don't stop your baking yet, though. Remove that burnt sugar and you're right back on track for cooking for your family.

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Things you need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Washrag or sponge
  • Dishwasher tablet or detergent
  • Water
  • Washing soda

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  1. 1

    Coat the burnt sugar stains with hydrogen peroxide. Heat the hydrogen peroxide, preferably by boiling. The hydrogen peroxide will break down the sugar and the stain will essentially melt off. Wipe away any residual stain with a washrag or sponge. If the stain persists, move on to Step 2.

  2. 2

    Mix dishwasher detergent or a dishwasher tablet and hot water until it forms suds. Soak the cooking pan in this solution overnight. Scrub with a sponge or washrag to remove stain. If the stain persists, move on to Step 3.

  3. 3

    Add two to three tablespoons of washing soda to boiling water. Soak the pan for at least two hours. Wipe away the burnt sugar with a washrag or sponge.

Tips and warnings

  • If washing soda is unavailable use baking soda; add at least four tablespoons of baking soda, as it is not as effective as washing soda.

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