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What did I do to my All-Clad? [Moved from Home Cooking]

I have two All-Clad pans (8-inch fry pan and 3-qt saute) and both of them have mottled, cloudy surfaces in the pan. I bought them both new at a Williams Sonoma outlet. The started with the saute pan. The first thing I cooked in it was a steak. I didn't make a sauce to go along with it so the burned bits were tough to wash off. I filled it with soap and water and let it sit (I think overnight.) After I cleaned it the surface was all mottled. I thought it was because I let it sit so long so I didn't do that with the fry pan. After using it I washed and dried it right away but I still ended up with the same result. Did it require some sort of seasoning? I didn't get any directions with it because it was open stock and didn't come in a box. Any ideas on what's wrong and ways I can get it looking new again, if possible? TIA!

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  1. This sometimes happens to All-Clad if the cooking temp gets too high. IME scrubbing with Bartender's Friend will completely remove the mottling & return your pan to new.

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    1. re: fauchon

      One of my neighbors, oh fool s/he, left an All-Clad 2-quart saucepan in this condition on the floor of the recycling room. I took it back to my apartment and had it looking like new in less than 5 minutes. Bless Barkeeper's Friend. Don't know what I'd do without it.

      (Hope my neighbor's not on this board. I'm not giving it back!)

    2. Barkeeper's Friend (which is a scrubbing powder not unlike Ajax or Comet but very much is NOT Ajax or Comet -- don't use Ajax or Comet) and a Dobie -- a yellow sponge covered in a white nylon mesh. Do NOT use the green scrubby side of a sponge -- it'll scratch the pot. The yellow Dobie, on the other hand, with BarKeeper's Friend, will take that cloud and anything esle right off of there. :)

      1. OMG people, it's a saute pan and it's going to get dirty.

        If you don't want to deal with this fact or can't stand not having shiny unused-looking stuff...buy non-stick cookware!

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        1. re: bogie

          I know I purchased All-Clad as much for its utility as for its beauty. I know I'm going to try my darnedest to it shiny new for as long as I can (thanks to Barkeeper's Friend)!

        2. Boo hoo! My husband used my stainless steel All-Clad frypan to make pancakes on a setting too high...and now I have golden grease stains that BKF can't remove.

          Any recommendations?

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          1. re: OCAnn

            For REAL tough baked on grease, nothing beats Oven Cleaner. Just let it set for a while... it will come out...

            --Dommy!

            1. re: Dommy

              Oven cleaner (Easy Off) worked & looks new! Thank you thank you thank you! =)

              1. re: OCAnn

                Glad it worked! However, only use it on REAL emergency occassions. It's VERY toxic stuff and might be too harsh for regular cleaning! :)

                --Dommy!

          2. I had the same problem with an omlette pan once. I'd used it to dry toast pitta bread (don't ask) and it was never the same again. No matter how long I soaked it, or washed it, or scrubbed it. But then, I cooked some sausages in it and when I cleaned the burnt bits off, the whole thing was shiny new!

            Clean by grease apparently!

            TT