is my Demeyere saucepan kaput?
So I boiled some water in a Demeyere saucepan, forgot it and it sat there for about 45 mins - 1hr on the heat (medium high, electric element) AFTER the water boiled off. It appears burnt on the inside bottom - scrubbing it does remove some of the burnt stuff and I'm wondering if it's OK to use steel wool on it because it's going to take ages just using a scrubbie. Also, is this dangerous in any way? Is this saucepan still useable? It did not warp - there's no sign other than the burnt stuff that it went through an ordeal. It HAD to be my good saucepan, too, argh.
Can it be salvaged?
Steel wool? Compared to what it's been through already, steel wool is a walk in the park. Buy grade 00, 2, and 4, and go fine to coarse until it starts making progress, then work back down to 4. But be prepared for the change in color to be permanent.
The pan itself should be cooked in as usual, but be looking for new hotspots or unevenness--they would be signs of delamination, i.e., kaputness. If it cooks as always, you're golden... er... bluish.
These things happen. Go easy on yourself.
<I'm wondering if it's OK to use steel wool on it because it's going to take ages just using a scrubbie.>
Yes, it is fine, It may be advantageous to use an acidic solution like Bar Keeper Friend's to remove the burned on material.
<Also, is this dangerous in any way? >
<Is this saucepan still useable?>
We won't know for sure until you start using it. Most likely it survived.
I agree with Chem, start with a 2 minute BKF soak. Put a good amount, maybe a half a tablespoon. Then add enough water so it becomes a paste. Wait 2 minutes. Work the BKF with a soft sponge always with the gain in a circular pattern. Rinse and evaluate. Add new BKF, let it soak longer if you see improvement.
Steel wool is an absolute last resort. It will certainly mar or possibly leave deep scratches on the smooth surface of the interior SS lining. I've never burnt anything that bad but this is where I would start. Use the most gentle method before taking out the sledgehammer.
BTW, you should wear gloves when working with that much BKF.