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Cleaning Calphalon

Jay F May 18, 2011 05:56 PM

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?

  1. srsone May 19, 2011 06:47 AM

    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
      Jay F May 21, 2011 01:58 PM

      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.

    2. Chemicalkinetics May 18, 2011 06:09 PM

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

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        chef7734 May 18, 2011 09:17 PM

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

        1. re: chef7734
          chef7734 May 18, 2011 09:20 PM

          Barkeepers friend. Dang cell phone and auto correct.

          1. re: chef7734
            Chemicalkinetics May 18, 2011 09:26 PM

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

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
              chef7734 May 18, 2011 10:27 PM

              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
                MoCoMe May 19, 2011 05:45 AM

                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
          Jay F May 19, 2011 05:16 PM

          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
            Chemicalkinetics May 19, 2011 05:39 PM

            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
              Jay F May 19, 2011 08:21 PM

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

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                Jay F May 21, 2011 01:45 PM

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

                1. re: Jay F
                  Chemicalkinetics May 21, 2011 02:03 PM

                  Thanks for letting us know.

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