Have I ruined my All-Clad frying pan?
On the first use, no less! Just fried something up in bacon grease over moderate heat and now the entire cooking surface is dark brown and will not clean off even after scrubbing until my hand practically fell off. Tried Barkeeper's Friend already; have also applied a paste of baking soda and let that sit for a while. Is bacon grease AC's Kryptonite, or am I an idiot of some as-yet-undetermined kind?
Would be grateful for any tips. Thank you!
That's totally unheard of for me...I've got the all stainless All-Clad as well and while I have certainly managed to burn or otherwise leave stuck many many things on my pans, I've never had anything that Barkeeper's friend couldn't take care of pretty quickly. I'd definitely call All-Clad on this one.
"...Tried Barkeeper's Friend already; have also applied a paste of baking soda and let that sit for a while. Is bacon grease AC's Kryptonite, or am I an idiot of some as-yet-undetermined kind?..."
By the way, applying a paste of baking soda and letting it sit won't do much. Baking soda is too mild to be used as you would something abrasive and bleaching like Ajax.
It might be more effective if you wipe the pan dry, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda, and scrub it with half of a cut lemon in a pressed, downward, circular motion.
If the above doesn't help, and it probably won't if you've already tried Barkeeper's Friend without success, then like others have suggested, this sounds lika a defective All-Clad and probably should get replaced by the manufacturer.