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Jan 21, 2012 03:09 AM

Burned stainless steel pot

I was be boiling a pot of water and fell asleep. How do I clean my be burned stainless steel pot. Please help I really like this pot.

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  1. What is burned in it? Just mineral deposits or something else?

    I did that once with a cheap Revereware pot and the cheap cladded copper stuff came off leaving the plain stainless pot behind. For $5 or $10 I just replaced it.

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    1. If your pot is fairly heavy stainless steel, I would think that a Scotch Brite pad, hot water and a lot of elbow grease would pretty much take care of it. If the stainless is actually discolored, it shouldn't effect the usage of the pan; it will still work for you, although you may never get the bright stainless shine back. Don't you know NEVER to fall asleep while there's something on the stove???

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      1. re: caiatransplant

        Thank you and yes I know but I hadn't planned on falling asleep. I guess I was more tired than I thought.

      2. If it is white water mineral, then you can use vinegar or Bar Keeper's Friend. If it turns blue or rainbow color, then same as well.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Thank you never heard of Bar Keepers but I see its recommended alot on here so it must be good. I will let you all know the outcome.

          1. re: ShawnyC

            Many grocery stores carry Bar Keepers' Friend, but you can also buy it online. It is not easily found as Dawn detergent, but I would say 70-80% of the grocery stores carry it.

            1. re: ShawnyC

              The thing about BKF is not that it cleans any better, but that it is extremely fine grit, so doesn't mar a finely polished surface. If your pot is an ordinary, inexpensive SS one that is not nice and smooth, I expect Bon ami would do just as well. I keep both, and use BKF only on the SS interiors of my most expensive pans.

          2. I would like to thank everyone for their tips and suggestions. The pot turned out fairly well and I continue to use it on a regular basis. Thank you all so very much!

            1. I had two stainless steel pans with over 20 years of burned on grime, and took a little from everything I read and put half water, half vinegar, some baking soda and boiled it in the pan for about 1/2 hour. After so long I could tell it was trying to come off with a wooden spoon. Finished it off with Barkeepers Friend with a sponge that has a rough side to it, and the results are amazing. Nice, shiny pans. With just a little more work the next time around I'll work on the bottom of the pans. I think it will work if you can manage to have some of that mixture sit on top of the bottom of the pan and do a little scraping with an old knife. It looked like that process was going to work also. Thanks to everyone for their ideas.