How to Rescue a Burnt Pan

Regular readers please pick yourselves off the floor, yes, this is a post about housework. But not just any old housework – lazy housework. The thought of you scrubbing away at a burnt pan when I have the secret formula weighs heavily so I thought I’d share my tip.

Haven’t we all been there? Distracted by something far more interesting we somehow let a pan boil dry or a sauce burn and we are left with a decidedly burnt pan. You could scrub away at it until it is gone or you could take the easy route.

The big secret? Cola. A small bottle of full fat cola heated gently in the pan will lift the black marks in minutes and leave you with a shiny pan. Hurrah!

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  • Reply Abby October 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Oh fab! I’ve a pan like this from making popcorn, I had *ahem* just shoved it back in the drawer unscrubbed, but I will go and purchase cola today and resurrect it! Thank you for a top tip:)

    • Reply Kat October 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Ha ha, brilliant.

    • Reply Emily Carlisle (MTJAM) October 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      I have a popcorn pan like that too! Thanks Kat for telling me how to salvage it.

  • Reply Abby October 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    That is amazing – thanks for the tip! x

    • Reply Kat October 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      I still pass on your tin foil and water removes rust tip – a revelation!

  • Reply Bec Metcalf October 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I could have done with this at the yurt! Scrambled egg always leaves a coating on the pan when I make it and I left a shocker and had to send a text to the owners!

    • Reply Kat October 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Oh my!

  • Reply Caroljs October 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Great tip!

    • Reply Kat October 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you my friend x

  • Reply heather Young October 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I also have a burnt popcorn pan that I need to try this out on. I’ve heard of using cola to clean the loo so it makes sense! Slightly worrying when you think that people actually drink the stuff though…

    • Reply Kat October 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      True story – cola or vinegar overnight gets rid of limescale stains (spoiler for future post!). So glad I gave up drinking the big DC – how I could have done it for so long baffles me!

  • Reply Claire October 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Because I’m crap and lazy I chuck them away! I know, I know, me bad.

    This is ace though!!

    And I will never make popcorn based on these comments!!

  • Reply Florence October 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Kat, you are a wonder horse! I love bonkers tips like that. Unfortunately I haven’t drunk any coca cola since 1999, when I was asked my boss to stop drinking it as he believed it made me excessively clumsy and he couldn’t afford to finance a new keyboard every month for me after I’d spilt another can over it. I will tell others less susceptible to a coca cola addiction though & shall enjoy hearing about its magical pan cleaning ways! X

    • Reply Kat November 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      I like to keep you all on your toes!

      I don’t drink cola any more either but buy it to clean pans when necessary :)

  • Reply Spécialiste de l'éphémère October 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you! I’m gonna try this right away!

  • Reply Sarah, Maison Cupcake November 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

    As a diet coke addict, I am profoundly disturbed by this….

    • Reply Kat November 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Give it up Sarah, you will be so much happier I promise x

  • Reply Muddling Along November 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    You are kidding? That is genius

    • Reply Kat November 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      It’s the kind of knowledge that makes you feel like you robbed a bank isn’t it?

  • Reply grace November 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    This just popped up in my Facebook feed (oddly enough as is not from today?) but such a great tip and is very needed by my pans, thank you lots and lots x

  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) November 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Mondays are burnt pan cleaning days. Step this way:

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