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Sep 2, 2007 07:54 AM

Everything tastes like bacon [moved from Home Cooking boad]

I used my all clad grill pan to cook bacon a few times too many and now everything tastes like bacon. Any advice on how to clean it? Or do I have to get a new one and dedicate this one to bacon?

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  1. The GF says try soaking in strong tea w/tea leaves overnight. She also thinks soaking in vinegar should be ok, but I'm worried about tarnishing. Maybe dilute it first?

    1. That doesn't make sense to me. I use Bar Keepers Friend, or just plain old baking soda to clean out delicate pans. They never leave odors. You could try that.

      1. If it's all-clad, a good srubbing should do it. Is your all-clad stainless steel? You probably just have residual bacon grease on your pan. Hot, soapy water and a good scrub should do the trick.

        You could try boiling milk in it too. That's a common technique I've seen for leaching off flavors out of more pourus materials like ceramics.

        (Or fry up a bunch of onions in the pan and then everything will taste like bacon and onions, mmmmm.)

        1. Everything tastes like bacon? I'll buy the pan from you...

          1. Although I can not explain the science, this works!
            Whenever I have pan, pot or utensil cooking odors, I simply wash with some of the liquid hand soap that I have sitting by the sink (Softsoap type). Let it sit for a minute -- full strength -- after sponging it on completely, and rinse. "Magically," all odors are gone.