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I think I just ruined my allclad saucier pot, help!

  • MVNYC Nov 21, 2007 08:17 AM

So I work from home, I was heating up a little water in my saucepan and ended up getting a call and forgetting about it. So as you could guess all of the water evaporated and the pot contiued to heat up. It must have done this for a good half hour or so. I was left with some black marks on the inside and the outside turned and almost copper colour. Is there anything i can do to fix this, any tricks?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance,

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  1. Bartender's Friend gets rid of nearly all stains. Try it. I'll bet it'll work for youl

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    1. re: JoanN

      I'll second this. There isn't anything that won't come off with a little Bartender's Friend.

      Don't bother cleaning the outside with it, though. If you cook frequently, you'll be spending all your time scrubbing metal stains off the outside of the pan (and that's really no fun).

    2. At this point you might need something extreme. I would recommend the "green" scotchbrite pads (there are other colors) that you can get at your local hardware store and a tube of "Flitz". Polish it going with the grain and it might come around. Is it warped?

      1. It doesn't sound like you've *ruined* it (unless it's warped), but I've had to resort to the Barkeeper's Friend (mixed with water into a paste) AND the scotch brite pad before.

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        1. re: jazzy77

          It is not warped, where can i pick up this barkeeper's friend?

          1. re: MVNYC

            Many hardware stores carry it. If you're in Manhattan, Gracious Home always has it in stock. You may even be able to find it a supermarket; it would be with the metal polishes rather than cleansers such as Comet.

        2. In this case I wouldn't use a coarse scrubber, these aren't those kinds of stains (unless you have scarily hard water, maybe.) Barkeeper's Friend will probably work, but this is really the place for a chemical SS cleaner (look near the other metal polishes.) Copper polish usually works for this too, brass/general polish like Noxon should work also if you happen to have that around.

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          1. re: MikeG

            If you have no other luck with the Barkeeper's Friend, Williams-Sonoma generally carries it in the section where all the hand lotions and rubber gloves are. A lot of grocery stores carry it anymore as well.

            I live in Florida, so I can't tell you anything beyond that.

          2. Depends on what you mean by "fix this." If you want it to look like new. probably not. But, unless some metal has melted, just clean it with Barkeeper's Friend as best you can and keep on a-cookin'.

            1. Throw a fabric softener sheet in while soaking with Barkeeper's Friend. You can find BF at Bed Bath and Beyond as well as most hardware stores.

              1. Why not try calling the company, I'm sure they could give you the best advice!

                1. After a similar experience, I used all the usual -- BarKeeper's Friend, soda, salt, etc. -- and had just about decided my efforts were all useless. One "lazy" evening I left several items in sink hal-covered with dishwater. The next morning to my surprise the submerged half was shiny as new; the other half was still blue and bruised. The secret: a strong solution of Dawn dishwasher detergent. I hope it works for you.

                  1. Not for this problem, but for badly-burned-on food (which can result from a similar situation) the manufacturer of Magnalite Professional Stainless (similar to AllClad and now discontinued) recommended the following:

                    Put a tablespoon of dishwasher detergent in a quarter-inch of water in the pan (or deep as needed) and bring to a simmer for twenty or so minutes. PUT YOUR VENT FAN ON MAXIMUM SPEED as the fumes are really nasty. We've reclaimesd several expensive pans this way, and it works every time. May need longer time if it's really scorched.