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Did I ruin my All Clad?

My husband was using my All Clad 12" pan to cook fish...we have an electric stove at this new house and he had it up to 10!!!!!!!! (high). He put oil in it and when I smelled the horrible smell I looked at the pan and it was BLACK..at least a large portion of it. I cannot get the black off..did I (he) ruin the pan???

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  1. I'm guessing it's stainless steel, and if so try scrubbing the black with baking soda. It may be abrasive enough to get rid of the stain.

    1. Probably Bar Keepers Friend will get rid of the gunk. If not, try sandpaper, which I once used on my All Clad fry pan before I got tired of all the little brown spots and threew the durn thang out.

      If you wish to cook blackened fish or whatever, I'd suggest cast iron or carbon steel. You might also want to start out with a recipe and then improivise from there

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      1. re: mpalmer6c

        Boil with baking soda and let it sit overnight before scrubbing with more baking soda and/or BKF. Repeat if necessary.

        The most important cookware protection plan I live by, though: don't let the husband in the kitchen! :)

        1. re: pothead

          God, I second that. My husband now has pots I consider safe for him to use (read "destroy").

          They are not my new All Clad, which, ironically, he bought for me. He's not allowed within 5 feet of my All Clad.

      2. In the event that the kinder, gentler methods don't work, and at the risk of incurring the wrath of those who believe that "chemicals" will be the death of us all, try Dawn Power Dissolver, and if that doesn't work, any commercial oven cleaner.

        1. You must be new b/c this is a frequent, recurring topic which can be found w/search. You'll be glad to know that your situation is not unique.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/305701 -- Cleaning Around Rivets on All-Clad... and getting stains off All-Clad's MC2
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/480863 -- Did I ruin my All Clad? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/482399 -- How do I clean my new stainless cookware? It wont come clean...
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541758 -- How delicate to be with All-Clad http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/554302 -- Did I ruin my AllClad?

          In short, use Easy Off oven cleaner. If that doesn't work, then your pan is toast.

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          1. re: OCAnn

            Carbon Off can be found at res supply houses works great.

          2. Thank him, throw the toxic clad pan out and buy cast iron, good for PMS too.

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            1. re: Passadumkeg

              PMS? I will have you know that my Allclad has saved my ass more than once. Indestructible! Use oven cleaner. You can't do that on cast iron without a whole rebuild cycle. Chew on that Pass.

              1. re: Scargod

                Cast iron doesn't need toxic oven cleaner! Scrub, dry, through in a pound of bacon (or chorizo), simmer drain (save the bacon grease) and enjoy. No problem.
                I got it! You're PO'd that I used an acromyn!
                (Three threads in one reply!)
                No pablano, dude.

                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  I'm just saying,...give peace a chance!
                  (Really), all I'm saying is that if you had done a number on a cast iron pan you would have to do some serious cleaning and reconditioning/re-seasoning. I don't think you get all that oil varnish back on there with one slab of bacon. With SS, not so much effort. I like cast iron, too, but my wrist doesn't care for them that much... :)
                  I use one a lot for cornbread, if that makes you feel better. And, I use bacon grease.
                  Throwing a pan is good for PMS? How would you know? ROFLMAO

                  1. re: Scargod

                    Amigo, the iron that is consumed is good for women. I would never throw anything at a woman, especially my dear loving wife! I'm yanking yo' chain about the bacon.
                    Man, I am acronym challanged! It took me a minute to figure out SS!
                    Ain't got a clue to the last one.
                    Psssst. A secret. I've never owned SS clad. I'm an (cast) Iron Man!
                    Give me a call.

            2. I've had good luck with simmering a bit of dishwasher detergent in water and then let it sit and cool down in the pan. It should clean up very easily after that.

              I'd do that before attacking the pan with abrasives.