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Impossibly scorched saucier

While making toffee for Christmas in my All-Clad saucier, I let the temperature get, um, a bit high.

This left a big black scorch mark on the interior bottom of my pan. I've been unable to remove said big black mark, even after scrubbing, soaking and other forms of torture.

Any good tips for fixing my beautiful pan?

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  1. You may have tried a versio of this already, but I would make a paste with water and Bar Keepers friend in the bottom of the pan. Make sure you have just enough water so it is more pastey than powdery. Let it sit for at least a hour. Then get a teflon scrubber and give it a try. I have gotten impossible baked on grease from glass pans with this stuff. Good Luck!

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    1. re: sandih

      I have removed similar marks using NeverDull and steel wool, I have also used 600 grit sandpaper and a little soapy water.

      1. re: burnsalot

        Thanks for the suggestions; I've tried neither. Need to use a little elbow grease and some abrasive ...

        Hopefully my pan can be good as new again.


    2. *edit* scratch that, it wasn't Hydrogen peroxide. What's the stuff in oven cleaner?

      1. Barkeepers Friend scrub with a green Scotchbright (or 3M) pad. Leave the slurry of BKF on the pan and let the chemicals work. Then scrub again. May not take out all of the blueing, but you will be pleased.

        1. I know for burned on casserole messes, you can fill the pan with hot water, and add a few used dryer sheets and let it soak overnight. No idea if it would work for scorched sugar, but if you use dryer sheets already, it's certainly worth a try.

          1. I have never tried it, but what comes to mind is...would reheating the pan (gently) melt the carmalized sugar? Worth a try.

            1. I've read on various websites that putting an inch or 2 of hydrogen peroxide in the pan and bringing to a boil for a while will cause the burned sugar to lift off the pan. I had a scorched pan in December which I slaved over with barkeep's friend, brillo, a palette knife and a spatula. Well I finally got it clean, but it was exhausting. I googled "How clean burned sugar from stainless steel" and got a bunch of sites that pretty much agreed that peroxide is the solution.

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              1. re: mnosyne

                I know this is a zombie thread, but just thought I'd pitch in my experience since I came across this site searching for solutions in removing burnt sugar from stainless steel. I scorched the crap out of my good SS stock pot the other day when I walked away from a brewing pot of horchata. I ended up with a solid, and I mean *solid* layer of black sugar concrete on the bottom of my best stock pot.
                I saw the suggestions about hydrogen peroxide on the net and (of course) ran across one or two people who responded to the suggestion completely hysterically, saying that this was a recipe for spontaneous combustion, like boiling alcohol. I figured I'd give the standard methods a try first, but heat, boiling water, soap, vinegar, a palette knife, and a brillo pad did zilch to even put much of a dent in it. After a whole lot of wasted time and energy, I finally put about an inch of peroxide in my pot and left it to stand for 24 hrs. No change with the soak at all. I put it on medium heat and let it warm for a while, picking at it periodically. After it started steaming liberally, the mess started to flake a bit here and there as I scraped away. After maybe five or ten minutes on medium heat, not breaking a simmer but keeping a solid steam going, it started to flake off like absolute magic! I kept scraping away at it with a spatula and a good ten minutes of easy scraping left the bottom of my pot as sparkily clean as the day I bought it. A fricken' miracle! I wish now I'da taken before and after photos, it was that dramatic.

                By the way, according to OSHA's online MSDS, hydrogen peroxide has no known flash point and a flammability rating of 0. There are some things you shouldn't mix with it or you really could start a serious fire, so read the instructions first: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthguidel... -- I have no idea if this works with other messes, but I definitely can attest that heating the peroxide removes burnt sugar concrete like a charm.

                1. re: MixieArmadillo

                  Thank goodness for zombie threads! I did the same thing --- boiling water, vinegar, Comet, Brillo pad, baking soda, and no closer to cleaning it than I was when I started. This does the trick. I couldn't believe it. I didn't have quite enough peroxide to cover the burned area, but even just tilting the pan a bit to cover higher-up areas was enough to let me chip off more of the burned part with a spatula. I'm a believer. Thank you, thank you, thank you, MixieArmadillo!!!

              2. If it isn't non stick, use oven cleaner on a warm pan. Let it set for 15 minutes in the oven so that it doesn't stink up the kitchen, In fact it could be the oven you heated up the pan with set at 200 degrees F. Go ahead and turn off the oven once the pan is heated. There will be plenty of left over heat.

                Then use a brillo pad. It will come right up.

                1. I was making spun sugar for a Halloween decoration. I severely burnt the sugar leaving a sheet of hard candy coating covering the entire bottom of the pan.

                  The clean up is made easy by simply putting water and vinegar in the pan and gently warming it up. With a fork I gently pulled an edge which allowed me to pull the whole thing up in a sheet. The ratio of water to vinegar is roughly 3:1.