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Apr 28, 2012 08:44 AM

cleaning cookie sheets without scratching them.

My bf got me some decent cookie sheets and I baked a homemade pizza last night. The cooking spray that wasn't covered pizza dough got the usual icky brown tacky stain. I haven't for the life of me figured out how to remove this. Help!

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    1. Do you know what they are made of? Are they bare or do they have a non-stick coating?

      9 Replies
      1. re: SanityRemoved

        Chicago metallic Co. And yes it has a non stick coating.

        1. re: suzigirl

          suzigirl, did you use non stick spray on non stick coated pans? If so, that's the dilemma. I'd try the hot water/baking soda solution. You won't want to add more chemical to the non sticking coating material.

          1. re: HillJ

            Yes I did. I thought it was kinda an insurance policy. Double the non stick factor as I was out of semolina and thought the closest thing I had was grits and thought it was to course. Thanks for the heads up.

            1. re: suzigirl

              Ah. Once you get the spray goo off the pan dry them really well and then oil them a bit with a light amount of olive oil and let them air dry to a dry-tac. Next time you make pizza preheat your oven hot (I go 500 for pizza) and heat your tray a few mins before placing your pizza down. You won't need another form of non stick or cornmeal unless you like the taste on the crust bottom. Good luck!

              1. re: HillJ

                Hi, HillJ:

                Definitely not picking a fight here, but did you just recommend taking empty PTFE-coated bakeware to 500F?


                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Good catch, k. My pizza pans are metal with no coating and stone. 500 is too hot for coated bakeware. thanks.

                2. re: HillJ

                  Is the olive oil a better insurance policy or am I setting myself up for another tacky burnt oil mess? I'm not being a snot, just wondering if I just need to trust that its a nice non stick sheet? The cornmeal thing comes from working at two pizza joints.

                  1. re: suzigirl

                    No problem here, suzigirl. If you've worked at two pizza joints then you'll be very familiar with what type of surface you need from those pizza pans. I don't care for the cornmeal thing, just a personal taste preference. But as far as the non stick pans, well you want them back in shape or use a pan that doesn't have a non stick coating. Did they use non stick at the pizza joint?

                    My comments here were initially recommendations for your cookie sheets, non stick coated. I use a round metal pan with holes (nice char on crust and def. impossible to use spray or cornmeal on) without non stick or a pizza stone.

          2. re: SanityRemoved

            P.S. I forgot to tell you I love your site name. I can relate. :-)

          3. Really hot water and baking soda which acts like a fine pumice will remove it. But let the solution really soak in first. Then if you need a bit more elbow grease on the thicker goo, make a pumice of baking soda and just enough water to be on the thick side and use it to clean up the residue. Works like a charm, non chemical and won't scratch the sheets.

            1. I haven't had any luck cleaning the pan. Alas, I fear it is doomed to live its life as an ugly duckling.

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              1. re: suzigirl

                Try soaking in ammonia for a few hours, then wash. And throw away your cooking spray.

                  1. re: wyogal

                    Can I use that on nonstick? I would hate to trash the coating. They wew a nice gift

                    1. re: suzigirl

                      I searched online and it came up as a solution. Did you try the ammonia soak?

                      1. re: wyogal

                        I am not giving up yet. I saw another thread that mentioned dish washer powder so mooched some off a neighbor as I am the dishwasher in my house. If that doesn't do it I'm trying the amonia. Just so everyone knows it was Crisco brand. Buy one get one wasn't such a bargin in the end. I may complain to them. It was a 35 dollar pan.

                        1. re: suzigirl

                          Wow sorry to hear that too, 35.00 is alot to pay.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            Now you see why I want to save it. Its a really nice heavy duty sheet.

                          2. re: suzigirl

                            Sometimes that helps, the dish washer powder, kind of damp on the pan, like a paste.

                            1. re: suzigirl

                              That's my suggestion. I use dishwasher powder on the enamel of LeCreuset type pans with great success.

                        2. re: wyogal

                          I tried baking soda with a Mr, clean magic eraser. Then I soaked them overnight in apple cider vinegar. To no avail.

                          1. re: suzigirl

                            Sorry to hear thatr suzigirl. That's some powerful goo! If the spray baked on they might be sunk.

                            I wonder...did you try heating the trays to loosen the goo and then wipe clean?

                            1. re: HillJ

                              I soaked it in boiling hot water and this didn't budge it. I am willing to try a few more things but I fear it's just the latest ugly duckling in my kitchen that I will continue to love.

                      2. Fill your nonstick pans with water and a teaspoon of dish soap and place them on the stove over medium-low heat if the baked on grease appears to be really stubborn. The heat should further help loosen the grease, allowing you to remove it with a nylon scratch pad or plastic spatula.

                        This worked for me with a sticky toffee recipe and a loaf pan. Worth a try?