How to remove burned sugar on the bottom of a stainless steel pot

Updated February 21, 2017

When preparing foods on the stove, there is always the possibility that foods will stick to the bottom of a pot or pan, leaving you with a difficult cleanup routine. When you place sugar in a pot and cook it without stirring consistently, you are quickly left with burnt-on sugar residue that is difficult to remove. You want to use a cleanup routine that does not scratch or otherwise damage your stainless steel pot.

Pour equal portions of water and white vinegar into the pot. Fill the pot with about 5 inches of liquid so the burnt sugar area is thoroughly submerged.

Put the pot on your stove and bring the liquid to a boil. Once the liquid has started to boil, let it continue boiling on high for another 5 minutes.

Turn off the stove burner and add about 1 qt. cold water to the pot, so you can touch the liquid and pot without burning yourself.

Scrub the bottom of the pot with a nylon scrubbing pad.

Rinse out the pot and wash it with soapy dish water to get rid of any vinegar residue. Dry the pot with a dish towel.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Nylon scrubbing pad
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towel
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