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Jan 8, 2009 10:51 AM

Best Way to Clean My Stainless Steel Cookware

What is the best (and easiest) way to clean my All Clad (and other assorted) Stainless Steel cookware?

I tried Bar Keeper and it will not remove spattered grease and other dark brown, burnt discolorations. They look well used and unloved! :)

I tried spraying them with oven cleaner and putting them in the oven. It works well, but there must be something easier!

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  1. IMO, well used = well loved.

    I put mine in the dishwasher. If something is cooked on, I put a little bit of the dishwasher detergent in the pan and soak it. If the splatter is on the outside, I soak it in a basin, also with dishwasher detergent.

    1. If you make a paste with the powder version of BKF, a sponge some time and some elbow grease, you can get all of that stuff off. I've used the Magic Eraser as well.

      1. The inside of my calphalon tri-ply stainless 5 qt saute pan is spotless and the pan is not warped at all. The outside of it looks a crack house that has been taken over by homeless people. The pan still cooks as good as the day I bought it, so I really do not worry about it. Mine was purchased at clearance for $30 from TJ Maxx, if I had an All-Clad I might be bent out of shape about it.

        1. "The outside of it looks a crack house that has been taken over by homeless people. " LOLOLOL!

          Those are my pans also! They look horrible! Like they were set on fire and left for dead!

          I will try everyones suggestions! Never thought abt the Magic Eraser!

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          1. re: Ms B

            I wouldn't worry too much about it. I put mine in the dishwasher as well. It's really the easiest way to deal with them. I don't use BKF to clean my pans because I know they're just going to get dirty again.

          2. BKF works as long as you give it a lot of elbow grease. You can actually use steel wool on most pans, but if you are worried about the exterior shine, take one of those yellow and green sponges and use a lot of muscle. Soaking prior does help.