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Grease splatters on All Clad stainless---how do I get them off?

sparkareno May 12, 2012 02:12 PM

My boyfriend used my All Clad skillet to fry corn tortillas in grapeseed oil. Now I have brownish grease spatter marks all over the sides of the pan that won't come off. I have tried Bar Keeper's Friend, Magic Eraser and general elbow grease with SOS. They are a little lighter but still not clean. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove them and also (other than not using that pan) how to avoid burned on grease spatters stains in the future?

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  1. iluvcookies RE: sparkareno May 12, 2012 02:48 PM

    Most of my stainless pans get like this. I just clean them the best I can with Brillo and let them be. I just accept that the pans will get used, makes me feel like a real cook in some way.

    Some posters swear by Dawn Power Dissolver, or you can try a little oven cleaner.

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      GH1618 RE: sparkareno May 12, 2012 02:51 PM

      Use Bar Keepers Friend to clean any stainless, using a scratchless nylon scrubber.

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        Uncle Bob RE: GH1618 May 12, 2012 03:47 PM

        ^^^^^^^^^^ Here's your answer!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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          iluvcookies RE: Uncle Bob May 12, 2012 04:18 PM

          OP stated she tried BKF and it didn't work.

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            GH1618 RE: iluvcookies May 12, 2012 04:26 PM

            Right — she needs to scrub harder. Or maybe soak in ammonia solution for awhile first.

            Maybe the surface of the SS has been roughed up with inappropriate cleaning pads or abrasive cleaners, which will have made it more difficult to clean. If that's the case, just accept it. Do not let BF use good pans.

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        escondido123 RE: sparkareno May 12, 2012 05:40 PM

        If you warm the pan first, and then use very hot water, the SOS pad will do the trick--I had exactly the same problem from frying tortillas.

        1. Chemicalkinetics RE: sparkareno May 12, 2012 07:13 PM

          Try baking soda paste. Put a lot of baking soda and a few drop of water to make it into paste-like. Let it sit there for a few minutes, then scrub.

          1. tim irvine RE: sparkareno May 12, 2012 07:25 PM

            I have not found any grease on SS situation,, including charred fat and BBQ sauce cooked onto grill grates at 900 F, that didn't yield to a good soaking in a heavy ammonia bath followed by SOS.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: tim irvine May 12, 2012 07:48 PM

              <yield to a good soaking in a heavy ammonia>


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                dixiegal RE: Chemicalkinetics May 14, 2012 07:37 AM

                Vinegar eats into the baked on seasoning on cast iron so I don't see why that would'nt work. Those grease spatters is baked on grease, just like the coats of seasoning on cast iron. I would just try letting the vinegar set in the pan for a day or two then scrub it. You might even try heating that vinegar up in the skillet.

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                sparkareno RE: tim irvine May 13, 2012 03:36 PM

                So just pour some straight ammonia in there & let it sit for a while? It will stink up the house but will be worth it.
                BF is getting banned from many things in the kitchen-lol.

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                  GH1618 RE: sparkareno May 13, 2012 09:35 PM

                  I think straight out of the bottle would be way too strong.

              3. tim irvine RE: sparkareno May 13, 2012 04:09 PM

                They also make a lemon scented ammonia. It doesn't really smell like a lemon but it isn't such an overwhelming ammonia smell. Of course we'll probably learn in a few years that it does something horrible to us. O well.

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                  latindancer RE: tim irvine May 14, 2012 07:03 AM

                  <...that is does something horrible to us...>

                  Nah. There's nothing like ammonia for cleaning windows and mirrors and women have been doing it for several decades. Dilute it down, don't use it straight.

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                  GH1618 RE: sparkareno May 14, 2012 08:46 AM

                  Washing soda is a good alternative to ammonia for cleaning grease, also. Don't get any alkiline cleaner on aluminum, however.

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                    unprofessional_chef RE: sparkareno May 14, 2012 11:32 AM

                    With a moist soft sponge dab some BKF with the corner. Pick a small spot to work on. Don't work on the whole skillet at once. Always go with the grain. Start by applying very gentle pressure with your fingers. Keep the sponge moist but not soaking wet so you're not grinding away or washing away the abrasives. Then start to apply firm pressure once BKF is broken down.

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