How To Clean A Stainless Steel Pan, Pot

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Among our group of Stepford girls, we lean towards shiny Stainless Steel cookware (there’s no better way to dress up a kitchen then with a bit of highlights!). Non-sticks, though nice, are drab and gray. Even though they are easier to clean, Stepford wives live by the credo that we are happy to spend all day in the kitchen! We use either All-Clad or Cuisinart France. Georgina uses Falk copper.

Even though we have dishwashing machines we generally clean by hand. It’s the only way to keep the cookware free from scratches. When it comes to cleaning, we at Stepford savor the inconvenience, but it’s actually quite simple. Here is a simple video we found, but before you watch it, a few pointers from our organization.

  • For simple light dirt / light grease on pans, we recommend Bon Ami ( ), which is essentially baking soda + lime ingredients. In lieu of that you can use a few spoonfuls of baking soda with a drop of detergent (which is acidic). Add WARM water to the pan and run it on the stove for 2-3 minutes.
  • Begin by scraping pan with plastic spatula to remove whatever you can. Then add warm water and place on stove for 2-3 minutes.
  • If you have the time, let it sit in plain water overnight. This is the safest first step.
  • Never use abrasive pads. Even ScotchBrite nonscratch should be handled lightly and with care. If you need to use steel wool, start with #0000 and check for scratching. If you need more, work your way up to #000 and proceed slowly, checking for scratches.
  • Form a paste with Bar Keeper’s Friend (BKF) powder version add a spoonful of WARM tap water, before using it. Spread over dirty surface and let it sit for no longer than one minute. Always wipe in circular motion in concentric circles.
  • Bar Keeper’s Friend is abrasive, so apply light pressure and increase cautiously only with stubborn stains
  • Bar Keeper’s Friend should not sit on the pan for longer than one minute.
  • Always use nonabrasive plain sponge for outside of pan. If you need to, apply light pressure with nonscratch pad and increase pressure slowly
  • Lastly, don’t sweat the scratches inside the pan. It’s normal to have scratches inside a well-used. Stepford Wives cook 3 times a day 7 times a week, and we have scratches on the inside.

    All that matters is everything appears sparkling on the outside!

    Happy Scrubbing!

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