How to Get Burned Rice Off the Bottom of a Pot

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How to Get Burned Rice Off the Bottom of a Pot
Removing burnt-on rice often requires soaking. (Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Cooking rice is a straightforward process that requires only a pot and water to accomplish. If you do not stir the mixture while cooking it, however, the fluffy, white rice will turn black and harden on the bottom of the pot. Removing scorched rice from a pot bottom typically requires a more intensive cleaning treatment than standard washing. If you have a black scorched mess on one of your pots, using some household items will remove it with ease.

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Things you need

  • Stove
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Nylon scrubber sponge
  • Dish towel

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  1. 1

    Scrape out as much of the burnt rice as possible using a wooden spoon or spatula. Throw the removed rice into the dustbin or garbage disposal.

  2. 2

    Fill the pot one-third to one-half full of water and add 1 tsp of liquid dish soap.

  3. 3

    Place the pot back on the stove burner. Turn the stove burner to low and wait until the water rises to a slow simmer. Let the pot simmer slowly for 15 to 20 minutes to loosen the rice on the bottom of the pot.

  4. 4

    Turn off the stove burner and move the pot to another burner that is cool. Allow the pot to sit for 30 minutes until the water inside of it is cool.

  5. 5

    Move the pot to a sink and scrub the bottom of it with a nylon scrubbing sponge using firm, circular motions.

  6. 6

    Pour the water out and rinse the pot with clean water. Dry the pot with a clean dish towel before storing it.

Tips and warnings

  • If the rice is on a stainless steel or enamel pot, place it on a stove burner turned to high and wait until you can place a drop of water in it and it sizzles. Then pour in 1 cup of lukewarm water into it. Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to remove the burnt rice.

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