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Mar 7, 2008 03:04 PM

Help! Is my pan ruined?

I was just making chapatis in a skillet on the stove and stupidly using a plastic spatula. The pan got really hot and the stupid cheap spatula melted on the pan. What do I do now? How can I get it off? Is it safe to cook with? This pan is the only piece of all clad that I own and I love the pan so I'm really mad at myself right now for not being smarter about it. Anything you can suggest would be really appreciated.

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  1. I would repeatedly run an ice cube over the plastic, or pop the pan in the freezer for a while. Try and get the plastic as hard and brittle as you can, and then try to see if with a little coaxing it will pop off by trying to lift a corner of the residue. Let us know if that works!

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    1. re: blondelle

      Thanks, this is a good idea. I probably should have described the situation in a little more detail. There's not exactly a puddle of melted plastic in the pan to pry off, it's more that there's a really thin layer of residue in smudges on the surface. I'm going to try reheating the pan and get it as hot as it was when the plastic got on it in the first place and rub it off with a sponge. The plastic spatula has been appropriately punished by being banished from my apartment by way of the garbage can.

      1. re: polyhymnia

        I hate it when that happens. I'm not being a smartass, either. My teenage son did that a couple of times to my treasured round cast iron griddle, before I showed him the error of his ways. You'll be fine, I'm certain.

        1. re: polyhymnia

          I would use several layers of paper towel instead as you might have melted sponge on there also ;-). If that doesn't work, try nail polish remover or straight acetone on a COOL pan to try and dissolve the residue. You might try leaving a layer on the bottom to soak for a while if it seems to dissolve the plastic.