How to rescue a ruined saucepan

Miss Thrifty3 May 27, 2010

Do you have a ruined saucepan sitting on the side or lurking in the back of your pan cupboard? Have you incinerated its contents into a black, crusty glaze that is resolutely soap-proof? Don’t chuck it! Help is at hand.

Funny About Money has just published a great post called How to Rescue a Scorched Pan – Easy! Give it a read – and get your saucepan looking all shiny and lovely again.

Funny burned the polenta. The pan looked like this:

rescue a ruined saucepan

After a liberal application of bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda, as it is called in America) and NO SCRUBBING, her pan looked like this:

rescue a ruined saucepan

Marvellous, no? Her post reveals all.

Note: as you know, I’m a big fan of bicarbonate of soda. I use it for all sorts of things, from cleaning a really dirty oven to making my own bog cleaner (nice). I recommend that you steer clear of the bicarb sold in UK supermarkets, because it is relatively expensive and sold in measly quantities. I buy bicarbonate of soda in 2 kg bags for £3.99 a pop, from online mail order company Summer Naturals.

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3 Responses to “How to rescue a ruined saucepan

Wow, I had no idea that’s all it took. Good news for those of us who aren’t too handy in the kitchen. 😛

– Shayna from

May 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm

laura says:

If you really ruin a pan (i.e. no way in hell to scrub off the black rather than brown carbon), the other way to rescue it is to put some biological washing powder in it with some water and let simmer for a few hours. All the carbon is lifted off.

October 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Sandra Lewis says:

The absolutely best way to clean a burnt pan is to boil some fresh rhubarb in it. Trust me this works with no effort. You cant eat the rhubarb of course.

April 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

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