How to Clean Pans That are Burnt on the Outside

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Spills and overcooking can create flareups that burn the outside of your pans, often leaving a dark sooty mess. If a pan has enough burnt material on the outside, it can affect the thermal properties of the pan, distributing heat unevenly and causing burnt food. You can clean the outside of your pan using a combination of plain baking soda and water.

Combine 2 tbsp of baking soda and enough water to form a thick paste.

Spread the paste over the burnt surface of your pan, wrapping the entire pan in cling film, if necessary, to hold the baking soda to uneven surfaces.

Allow the baking soda to work on the pan for several hours; overnight is best, if possible.

Use a plastic scrubber or dish rag to scrub the baking soda off the bottom of the pan, and the burnt residue with it.

Clean the entire pan with a gentle dish soap and rinse thoroughly.

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