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fldhkybnva Aug 28, 2012 04:10 PM

I am very excited for the start of college football this week and have decided that a nice pot of Rotel dip is in perfect order. I usually just let it melt and stay warm in a lined-crock pot but my lovely sister borrowed it and has yet to return it. Before I owned a crockpot, I would just cook it in a pot on the stove but hate the clean up adventure that follows after the dip has been simmering on the stove for a few hours. Even if the heat is low enough so that the cheese does not burn, the cleanup is the opposite of fun. Any tips?

  1. 1POINT21GW Aug 28, 2012 04:37 PM


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    1. re: 1POINT21GW
      fldhkybnva Aug 28, 2012 04:49 PM

      Well, yes if I owned one that would be the obvious solution. Any other ideas?

      1. re: fldhkybnva
        1POINT21GW Aug 28, 2012 05:09 PM

        Don't tase me, bro. I forgot that you didn't have one.

    2. twodales Aug 28, 2012 05:05 PM

      When things are stuck or burnt, I use baking soda and enough water to cover the area. Boil on the stove and reduce to a simmer. Don't forget it. You may have to do it a few times, especially when things are burnt on the surface. You can wipe with a paper towel to get any additonal goop out. Good luck.

      1. 1POINT21GW Aug 28, 2012 05:10 PM

        If your pot is stainless steel, oven cleaner will make it cleaner than it has ever been.

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          valerie Aug 28, 2012 05:12 PM

          Bar Keepers Friend.

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            The Oracle Aug 30, 2012 11:53 AM

            +1 Bar Keepers Friend was introduced to me two years ago when I bought some stainless steel cookware and I can NOT believe I've lived so long without it! It's a miracle worker on tons of different surfaces!

            1. re: The Oracle
              fldhkybnva Aug 30, 2012 12:16 PM

              I have to admit I had to google that as I was not familiar. Can you buy it at most stores?

              1. re: fldhkybnva
                latindancer Aug 30, 2012 05:14 PM

                Yes. Most stores carry it.
                It's in the same type of container as Comet and it's sold in the same area.
                Yet, to me, it's one of the best cleaning products on the market.

                1. re: latindancer
                  fldhkybnva Aug 30, 2012 05:25 PM

                  Great, thanks. I think this will be a big help to clean off those stuck on stove top bits.

          2. gmm Aug 28, 2012 05:23 PM

            I'd just fill the pot with water, boil for a few minutes and let it sit for a couple hours. Unless the stuff is really burnt onto the pan, it should come right off.

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            1. re: gmm
              Becca Porter Aug 29, 2012 12:39 PM

              Add a few tablespoons of baking soda and then boil it... This has never failed me on a scorched pot.

            2. biondanonima Aug 29, 2012 11:31 AM

              I make rotel/velveeta dip in a microwave safe glass bowl in the microwave. When I'm done, I just soak the bowl briefly and the dried goo comes right off.

              1. fldhkybnva Aug 29, 2012 11:40 AM

                Ideally, I'd like to keep the dip warm for a few hours (3 or 4). It's OK to just keep the pot on very low and stir occasionally right? Or should I just let it cool and reheat in the microwave as necessary.

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                  nemo Aug 29, 2012 11:46 AM

                  Set up a double boiler with a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water. Keep an eye on the water level.

                  1. Quine Aug 30, 2012 03:59 PM

                    OK, so jumping way outside the box, do you have a toaster over? You can heat the rotel in a glass bowl, using the microwave method, and just keep the bowl warm in a very low oven. Shouldn't stick or burn that way.

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                      olyolyy Jan 11, 2013 01:57 PM

                      This is the most terrible piece of advice I have read to date on this site, second only to someone suggesting using magic shell to coat a non-frozen item. Congratulations!

                      I seriously hope no one tries either.

                    2. tcamp Aug 30, 2012 05:36 PM

                      Call your sister and ask her to bring the crock back, ASAP. Failing that, knock on neighbor's doors until you find one to borrow. A crock is the perfect way to keep the dip warm during the game.

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                      1. re: tcamp
                        fldhkybnva Aug 30, 2012 05:59 PM

                        Funny you mention...I just called to find out if she'd be home tomorrow for me to pick it up amidst other errands.

                      2. chowser Aug 30, 2012 06:12 PM

                        If it's safe for the container, try Mr. Clean erasures. They're amazing on dried on messes. But, they'll also take off teflon so be careful.

                        1. danhole Sep 3, 2012 04:45 PM

                          Fill pot with warm water. Add a fabric softener sheet. Put lid on pot and let soak overnight. Next day rinse and wash.

                          1. AntarcticWidow Sep 5, 2012 01:50 PM

                            Get a dog. They'll get the worst of it off (or so I've been told) then you can follow up with any of the other suggestions above.

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                              foiegras Jan 11, 2013 09:42 AM

                              this was my first thought as well ;) they are also excellent at cleaning containers prior to recycling.

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                              Bkeats Sep 6, 2012 07:15 AM

                              Put pot on floor. Call dog over. Clean pot.

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                                tastesgoodwhatisit Jan 12, 2013 06:03 PM

                                For cheese, I soak in warm water, and then use steel wool and elbow grease.

                                Not appropriate for non-stick pans, of course.

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                                  WNYamateur Jan 12, 2013 07:56 PM

                                  I noe keep a second bottle of dish liquid in the kitchen now: the pink Dawn. It's made for pre-soak, using enzymes, I think, and I find it does wonders on this sort of mess in short order

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                                    mamueller Jan 14, 2013 02:37 PM

                                    So funny this popped up. Years ago I took the same dip in an old style crock pot to a party. I left the crockpot in the back of my car for a ridiculously long period of time. When I needed to use the back seat of my car, I noticed the pot still there. That cheese was stuck like concrete - I just threw the whole pot away

                                  2. free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 14, 2013 07:22 PM

                                    I like using the copper scrubber pads on tough jobs. I used to love steel wool until I discovered the copper pads.

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