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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I use Easy Off Oven Spray for my stainless, to get all of that burnt oil gunk out of them.
Step 1: Take a deep breath.
Step 2: Hold it.
Step 3: Spray the crap out of the pan, for about 10 seconds.
Step 4: Put the can down and leave the room
Step 5: Breathe.
After that, I let them soak in the Easy Off for 3-4 hours, then it all comes off with a scrubby sponge. After that, it goes right into the dishwasher to make sure all of the caustic Easy Off is gone.
It might be nasty, but my pans look fantastic!
Something that works better than "Magic Eraser" is to pour in some vegetable oil and sea salt. The oil will mix with and loosen up the burnt-on gunk and the salt is a mild abrasive.