Non-Stick Baking sheet - Ruined??
Help! My husband used one of my non-stick baking sheets to roast some peppers in the oven. He sprayed the pan with non-stick spray before he put in under the broiler. the spray that was not under the peppers baked onto the sheet and now I can't get it off! I've soaked it in hot water, used a scrubby sponge, even tried soft scrub. Is this a lost cause?
All of the non-stick manufacturers caution about the use of cooking sprays on their pans for this reason. Just read the instructions on a new one the next time you go to the store. I guess what I am reading here is that cooking oil may do the same, although on both Baker's Secret non-stick and Williams-Sonoma gold pans, I have never had a stain when using cooking oil (peanut or olive).
I'd give it the old college try with the goo gone, and if that doesn't work, I would recommend making this pan your husband's to use exclusively (as this is a common mistake, and other guest cooks may make the same mistake), or just toss the thing and get a new one. They are cheap enough, even the fancy gold ones. Heck, I just tossed what many people would consider to be a perfectly good muffin pan this weekend because the rust stains on it bothered me when I looked at them. At less than $10, I can replace it easily. I do become less cavalier as the replacement price goes up. Therefore, I might have trouble tossing a Volrath too.
Before you think I throw everything away, I have managed to save one old former restaurant pan that is made of stainless steel that was just completely encrusted with burned on grease when I got my hands on it. That required a few rounds of oven cleaner, and stainless is a better material to try this with. I think it might kill the non-stick.
BTW, I have even had the brown goo appear on professional quality aluminum sheet pans when using cooking spray. I think I got rid of those eventually too, and spent something like $7.99 each to get new great ones that are made by Lincoln. Another good place to buy decent replacement sheets is your local warehouse club.
Lesson in this: Save the cooking spray for scrambled eggs.
Another vote for covering the mess with a silicone baking mat from here on out. I brought a tray of appetizers to a friend's and forgot to bring home the tray. When I got it back, my friend (or his roommate) had overcooked several pizzas on it, and then used a knife to cut directly on the sheet, so the baking sheet now has permanently incinerated tomato sauce, charcoaled cheese, *and* a star-shaped cut pattern. (They're both bachelors and have not only bachelor eating habits but also bachelor cooking habits--I'm not sure they even washed the pan before I got it back!) I think it was the fat in the cheese being repeatedly heated that finally fused to the sheet and turned black, which might be what happened to the cooking spray on your sheet. The baking sheet is a very heavy, oversized Vollrath that I love--I couldn't bear to pitch it, even though I have others. So now I keep silicone baking mats around.
The easiest way to repair your baking sheet is to use a non stick reusable liner. This will insulate your food from the stains left from the baked on silicone spray. The silicone will not come off since it has migrated into the pan surface.
Non Stick baking sheets are resuable, reliable, and hygienic. Easly cleaned with a warm water rinse. They will last for years.
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Dawn Power Dissolver works wonders. You need to spray it on and let it sit for awhile. I did ruin one of mine doing the same thing. I was roasting tomatoes and peppers for a mole' and it really did the pan in. I have switch to the heavy duty commercial aluminum sheet pans. You can scrub those clean. If I need non stick I will lay down some parchment paper, a silpat or you can reduce clean up by lining with foil.
My go-to for cleaning hard to remove gunk is to soak it in water and dishwasher detergent (not dishwashing soap but the liquid that goes into your dishwasher) overnight. If that doesn't break it up, then you may need to move on to Goo Gone or something.
I line baking sheets with foil mainly because it's easier for clean up that washing and drying baking sheets (I hate scrubbing in the corners).
We have a couple of nonstick broiler pans actually. We don't need them for much anymore, just don't cook anything that way, but of course they never seemed to be nonstick enough, so you put some oil or something on there. Well, we learned later that clearly this doesn't work on some nonstick surfaces. Oil in a nonstick pan on top of the stove seems okay, but on these with the intense heat coming from above it creates a nasty sticky material that doesn't come off.
I had a similar problem, except that my roast veggies were tossed w/ olive oil before roasting and caused a similar residue. Goo-gone (as suggested above) worked well. I just washed the pan well in hot, soapy water afterwards.
I learned my lesson and now I line the pan with aluminum foil first.