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Aug 28, 2012 04:10 PM

How to clean pot used to make cheese dip

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?

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    1. re: 1POINT21GW

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

      1. re: fldhkybnva

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

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

          1. re: valerie

            +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

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

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                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

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

            2. re: valerie

              Yes, we love Bar Keeper's Friend. It is great for getting ancient burn marks off of anything. Be warned, though, it smells awful to some people (including me) and its active ingredient is oxalic acid (as well as some type of abrasive), so wash thoroughly after you use it.

            3. 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

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