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May 18, 2011 05:56 PM

Cleaning Calphalon

I have a huge saute pan (14", 7 qt.) from what I think was Calphalon's first cookware line. It's a thicker anodized cast iron than what I see today. I bought it back in the early '80s, when I was doing a lot of catering. It's Calphalon gray on the bottom, and the lid is silver aluminum.

It's kind of got a layer of brown schmutz on the cooking surface, because I was never really able to get it clean after using it. IIRC, you weren't supposed to use anything but dishwashing liquid, and never put it in the dishwasher. I complied with these instructions over the years, but now I'd like to make the brown surface disappear, as I want to sell the pan on eBay (if I can find a box big enough to ship it in).

Any ideas?

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  1. Have you tried soak it (5-15 minuates) with baking soda solution or Bar Keeper's Friend solution?

    10 Replies
    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      I would try breeders friend. It is what calphalon recommends now for their cookware.

      1. re: chef7734

        Barkeepers friend. Dang cell phone and auto correct.

        1. re: chef7734

          :) I read your previous and I was like "What? Breeders Friend? Or Bleeders Friend?"

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Sorry. Only internet connection I currently have. I have to be carefully of typos as it seems it will not let me edit the posts.

            1. re: chef7734

              calphalon makes something called Dormond for the hard anodized. Never tried it though. I think you can get it on amazon

              edit they also suggest using a scotch brite heavy duty scrubbie. I used it recently on some hard anodized and it did help

              edit again. customer service is really helpful- if you email them a picture, they will tell you what's best, in about 24 hours

      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

        I tried the BKF. It took away some of the brown. I guess I'll keep trying it until it's gone.

        Thanks, everyone.

        1. re: Jay F

          Some stains are more effectively remove with acidic solution and some with basic solution. So I will alternate between Bar Keeper's Friend solution and baking soda solution and see which appears to be more effective. Good luck.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Oh, okay. I never thought of that. Thanks.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              I got it clean with BKF. The baking soda didn't make as much of a difference. Thanks again for your help, everyone.

        2. miy Calphalon isnt as old as that...
          but i hand wash mine in the sink with a Dobie scrubber pad...
          it usually can scrub my messes off

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          1. re: srsone

            I've used Dobie pads for my entire adult life, yet I never seemed to get this Calphalon saute pan as clean as the Le Creuset, regular aluminum, tin-on-copper, and stainless steel pots and pans I've used over the years. I hadn't used this pan in over 12 years, I didn't know about Barkeepers Friend until 2009, and I guess the dark surface was as good at keeping me from seeing aftercrud as fond before the fact.

            Anyway, the dark layer wasn't particularly thick -- you couldn't feel it under your finger -- but it was definitely there when I looked at all my pots and pans closely this month with an eye towards downsizing. Now it's nice and clean inside.

            Thanks for your suggestion.