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?
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.
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.