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Jelly roll pan discolored

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Hi,

I have a aluminum jelly roll pan from Chigao metallic and it is discolored with a grayish blue markings. The grayish stuff comes off my hands, and I can't get rid of the discoloration. Is this pan worthless now? Can I save this pan, or shoould I just go looking for another? Thanks for the help

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  1. You've scrubbed this with dish detergent and something is still coming off? How/for what did you last use it?

    1. PS: Did you leave it soaking or sitting in a wet sink for a long time (ie, all day or overnight?) That could be aluminum oxide, most of which should scrub off and which shouldn't be a problem for baking. If it leaves marks, line it with parchment or waxed paper when you use it.

      1. Take a brillo pad or even a sponge with a bit of Ajax or other abrasive powder to it if it's really bothering you. Otherwise use it if it's not staining the items you're cooking on it.

        I tend to think that my utensils, pans, knives and whatever have a certain charm with the patina that they acquire from use.

        1. Thank you all for your replies! Yes, apparently part of it was in water and I did not notice it, until the next day, and the discoloration spread from that one spot. I have scrubbed with regular soap and something akin to bar keepers friend and it did not come off, so I tried soaking it in 2 Tbsp. of cream of tartar to 2 quarts of boiling water, and that has helped a little. Well the gray aluminum oxide comes off onto your fingers and clothes, and that is why I was worried.

          I am still planning to use the pan, but I think I will be using parchment paper. Good to know it isn't too bad.

          I have a lot of pots and pans with character, and they would never make it into the kitchen magazines with all the shiny never used pans. :)

          Thank you all so very much!