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Mar 2, 2011 11:32 AM

Burned gunk on outside of Creuset

Hey folks -

I know I'm one of the chief evangelists of Barkeeper's Friend. But this one's got me in a stew. I guess I've always kept mine nice and clean - so that I didn't ever have to face this.

I picked up a Le Creuset round skinny grill pan on ebay for a song - $23. I couldn't not. Anyway, it's gunked to death on the outside. I'm talking likely gas burner fired on grease. And the Barkeep is slowly but slowly soldiering through, but I'm impatient. I tried the kosher salt paste too - and it's working better - but we still have a long way to go.

Anyone have a miracle cure or am I gonna get a real workout on this thing?

Thanks much!

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  1. I imagine you've made a paste of the BKF, and let it sit on the affected area for awhile before scrubbing.

    Another idea: long before I knew about BKF, I used Bon-Ami the same way.

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    1. re: Jay F

      Not yet - and it might be tough. The sides of this skinny grill are really short and quite sloped. Will it hold on?

      1. re: ProfessorBear

        Do you have any sort of container in which you could submerge the pan in a BKF/water slurry? I find soaking my iced tea pitchers for several hours this way is the simplest way to get them clean.

      2. re: Jay F

        Work your BKF paste up with Goo-Gone instead of water, and scour with 0000 steel wool.

      3. Hi all,

        Sometimes my old porcelain stove top gets stuff burned on. I use Easy-Off Oven Cleaner, the real stuff, not the wimpy kind.

        I seriously doubt it will hurt the pan but if you're concerned, just spray a small area.

        Or, if there is a really thick coating of grease all over the pan, use the Easy-Off for all but the last layer. Then go at it with something that will cut grease. Barkeeper's Friend is certainly a wonderful product but I don't think of it as a grease cutter.

        Edited to add: Wear rubber gloves, drape a towel over your face while you're spraying, do your final cleanup with vinegar.


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        1. re: I used to know how to cook...

          i second the Easy Off. Once (or twice) a year, I get all my LC out and give it the Easy Off treatment, let it stand over night and the next day rinse it off and all looks shiny and new again. Some of it is 23-30 yo

          1. re: I used to know how to cook...

            Easy Off is very effective in this area and definitely will work. The question is always about if it is too aggressive.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Hi Chemicalkinetics,

              Exactly! It is very effective and it will work. Sounds as though OP needs some aggression in the cleaning department! :)

              There have been many comments on Chowhound relating to using oven cleaner on dirty cast iron.

              As to whether it would be too aggressive on porcelain enameled cast iron, I don't believe it would. It does no harm to my stove top, nor did it hurt a very old cast aluminum pan of mine. I did polish the aluminum afterwards but there was no harm whatsoever.

              Please note I did add a couple of precautions OP could take if he did have concerns.