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Aug 6, 2009 01:46 PM

How to clean residue off nonstick baking sheet?

I forgot and left an Analon nonstick baking sheet, coated with sprayed on Pam, in the oven. Started preheating oven for dinner and realized the dirty sheet pan was still in there, when I smelled smoke.

Now the pan is covered with a sticky, tacky brownish residue which I am assuming is the Pam. I've tried hot water with nylon scrubbie and dishsoap, a nontoxic (and noneffective) aerosol grill cleaner and even baking soda. The pan is still covered with sticky goop. Any helpful hints or should I just chuck the pan? (I promise to never use Pam on nonstick items again!)

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  1. I don't think you need to throw it out. All my nonstick pans become brownish and slightly sticky (but not goopy) from pam or oil residue. They still work!

    1. That's the problem with nonstick baking sheets, even vegetable oils will create this residue over time (although Pam and other sprays are notorious for creating a sticky film). I don't believe it can be removed - all my efforts have been in vain. But I agree with meggie t, you don't need to throw out the pan, it can still be used. Probably not for cookies unless you line the pan with parchment, but it will still be fine for roasting and baking many other things.

      1. I have several of these marred cookie sheets and like meggie_t and janniecooks said, they still work.

        1. My wife did a similar thing a few months ago. I used Dawn Power Dissolver spray to clean it up. It worked really well.


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          1. re: mnos

            FYI Dawn Power Dissolver is fantantastic in the laundry too. It takes out grease stains in clothing like nothing else. I love the stuff.

            Once you get those "non-stick" pans clean, invest in a silicone baking sheet or two; or maybe a roll of parchment paper.

            1. re: Ambimom

              I have the same problem, and oil bled through the parchment paper. Do silicone pans come in a rigid variety? I find that the ones that bend easily are too hard to handle, especially in large sizes. I'm definitely trying Dawn Power Dissolver, if I can find it.

          2. Thanks for the advice. I"ll try the Dawn Power Dissolver. And next time, put the parchment paper down before putting the fish filets on the baking pan