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Bar Keeper's Friend - Thank You, Chowhound!

jrhsfcm Mar 26, 2007 07:59 AM

I happened to randomly come across a post recently about cleaning and maintaining SS cookware. Bar Keeper's Friend was mentioned numerous times in that thread. My All-Clad set had started to discolor, and try as I could, I couldn't get them to return to their vibrant shine. One scrub with that stuff - wham!!! Back to looking like new! This stuff is amazing!!! I will never, ever find myself without a supply. :)

Thanks so much, Chowhounders - I really do learn something new from all of you on a daily basis! :)

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    foodstorm Mar 26, 2007 08:20 AM

    I'm glad you were able to restore your All Clad to its former gleaming glory. Since you didn't know that SS cleaner, such as BKF, is recommended for cleaning AC, I'm going to assume you never read that little sheet that came with your cookware covering how to use and clean it. If you still have it, look it over. If not, be warned about salt damage:
    "To avoid small white dots or pits from forming, bring liquids to a boil before adding salt, then stir well. Or, add salt after food has started to cook. Pitting does not interfere with cooking performance but can diminish the beauty of the stainless steel."

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    1. re: foodstorm
      jrhsfcm Mar 26, 2007 08:40 AM

      I did read through it... but that was a couple years ago. I usually don't buy into the whole "Use this cleaner..." mentality - more often than not, in our uber consumeristic society, it's just another way to influence spending. I'll only spend money on something if it's tried and true... and I get a recommendation from a reliable source. When scores of Chowhounders rave about a product, well, I'll put a lil' more clout in it and give it a go. :)

      Thanks for the further heads-up - I usually do those things anyhow, but I certainly appreciate the reminder.

    2. Cpt Wafer Mar 26, 2007 10:15 AM

      It's been around since the '80s. The 1880s.


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      1. re: Cpt Wafer
        jrhsfcm Mar 26, 2007 10:35 AM

        Thanks for the link! I just might have to place an order. :)

        1. re: jrhsfcm
          njtransplant Mar 26, 2007 10:43 AM

          Before you place that order, I saw the 21 oz. sized can at Walmart today for less than $2.00 a can. I must admit, I never noticed this product before reading this site; I now see it at many local stores. My question is, are all of you using the original or the one specifically for cookware? I've only seen the "general" can in the stores, never the cookware one.

          1. re: njtransplant
            jrhsfcm Mar 26, 2007 12:06 PM

            I'm using the original and am certainly happy with that. I wish I had easy access to a Walmart, but San Francisco is very anti big-box retailers. I'd have to travel to Oakland to get it: by the time I'd pay for gas and bridge tolls, well, I'd lose out on the savings. Boo-hiss!

            I'd also consider getting the liquid version (specifically thinking about my kitchen counters, which are tile, and my bathroom) and also the Copper Glo. Anyone have any experience with this product?

            1. re: jrhsfcm
              farmersdaughter Mar 26, 2007 08:06 PM

              I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond in SF. You can use one of the 20% off coupons.

              1. re: farmersdaughter
                ErasmusBDragon Mar 29, 2007 07:24 AM

                I got some at Linens N Things for (I think) $3.00 just yesterday...

            2. re: njtransplant
              jzerocsk Mar 26, 2007 02:47 PM

              I can find it in just about any supermarket, too. It's pretty common, yet few know it's great utility.

              I always joke that I'm going to start using it as a toothpaste. It gets the tea stains off my white porcelain sink easy enough, so it only stands to reason it would do the same for my less-than-pearly whites :-D

              Seriously, don't try that.

              1. re: jzerocsk
                foodstorm Mar 26, 2007 04:42 PM

                lmao, jzerocsk!

              2. re: njtransplant
                Eldon Kreider Mar 31, 2007 10:22 AM

                We have both the original powder and a slurry labeled "Multipurpose CookTop Cleaner." The latter requires thorough shaking before use and contains citric acid. The prime use is for cleaning glass and ceramic cook tops. Other recommended uses are stainless steel and porcelain sinks, chrome, copper and brass. "Do not use on gold, silver or pewter" and has caution warnings for some other surfaces. I have never seen the powdered Cookware Cleaner or the regular liquid here. The CookTop Cleaner seems to cover the other uses noted for the liquid, though.

                In Chicago the original is available in most supermarkets and Ace Hardware stores, along places such as Bed Bath and Beyond and Linens N Things. Supermarkets usually put the stuff on the bottom shelf where it is easy to overlook.

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            Dee S Mar 26, 2007 12:54 PM

            BKF is wonderful; my family's been using it since the 1970s. I also like Cameo Stainless Steel cleanser. It's way cheaper but sometimes harder to find.

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            1. re: Dee S
              spigot Mar 28, 2007 05:20 PM

              Cameo smells great, too - peppermint! It weirded me out at first - gritty, abrasive.. peppermint...?... But I got used to the idea, and now I like it.

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              Oh Robin Mar 27, 2007 02:45 PM

              Never used BKF but I have used "Kleen King" stainless steel and copper cleaner since I was a kid. Blue container with white top. A truly amazing product.

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