By Engrossed on September 10, 2007
Photo by HokiesMom
Photo by HokiesMom
"I just switched to stainless steel cookware this year. I've had several instances where I get food bonded to the bottom of a pan. One day my Mother was visiting and I was complaining about it. She said, "cream of tartar". I said, "huh"? She said it just popped into her head that my Great Grandmother used to say to sprinkle cream of tartar in a hard to clean stainless steel pan put some water in it and boil it until the crud comes off. Guess what? It works everytime! *This is my favorite posting because it has helped so many people...and apparently it works on more than stainless steel. :)"
Serving Size: 1 (9 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I always keep a spray bottle with vinegar on my counter by my dishsoap. You can spray your pan with it; add a squirt of dishsoap; let it sit for a few minutes; and it will wash clean. Just Like New!"
"Decided to really take this handy out on a spin and tried it on my nonstick cookware as well as a stainless steel pot. Thrilled to say it worked on both. The former is especially exciting as too often you end up ruining the non stick finish trying to get the cruddy bits off the surface. Thanks for sharing this handy technique."
"I thought I had lost a pan until I found this recipe. I never thought anything would be able to take over a 1/4" of built-up, overly burnt, gooey sauce cooked and stuck to the pan with hard meatballs attached to the bottom of my pan. I had soaked for 24 hours and nothing was moving. I searched on RZ and found your recipe and thought what do I have to lose. Amazing!! I thought my mistake of cooking meatballs with BBQ sauce for 4 hours on medium heat instead of LOW had ruined my pan. Then along comes this terrific cleaning recipe and now I have my pan back better than ever! Thank you so much for sharing this with the RZ community!!"
"Bless you! I was making spaghetti sauce today and my DH decided he would help by raising the temperature so it would come to a simmer quicker unbeknonst to me! I am certain everyone knows what baked on and burned tomato sauce looks like. This recipe cleaned my expensive pan up like it was brand new. My daughters are both new to cooking and I made certain that they both have this recipe!"
"Really works! Really cleaned my 20 year old pans and they look very nice. My husband thanks you, he won't have to buy me new pans anytime soon. Thanks for sharing!"
"I will have try this. I usually just let it soak with baking soda and water to the same effect. This may be faster though."
"Years ago my aunt used to use Ajax or Comet and add hot water to soak off gunk on her pans. Cream of tartar is much safer to use and works very good! My stainless steel pans look wonderful! Thank you Engrossed for sharing this recipe."
"Thanks for the great advice for my shiny stainless steel pans! Worked like a charm."
"worked like a dream on my stainless steel sink, great mixture will use again, thanks Engrossed!"
"No more crud!!!!! Phew, thank you so much! I'm thinking I may try putting some in my sink and adding boiling water a little at a time....hmmmm....might just work. :)"
"I had thought my pot was ruined. My daughter left a pot of chili on the stove and there was about 1 - 2 inches of baked in crud on the pan. I sprinkled the Cream of tarter and water...let it boil and let it sit for about an hour. I repeated this step and this "BIG BLACK BRICK" dislodged itself from the bottom of my pan. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! You ROCK!!! I owe you big time!!!! Thanks again for the best stainless steel pan cleaner around!!!!"
"I tried this earlier today on a stainless saucepan. It worked really well. Thankyou."
"This really worked. Thank you for a new way to get my Revere Ware clean. YEA!!!"
"No elbow grease required to get my pans clean and shiny! Worked like a charm on both stainless and nonstick pans and even shined up my sink when I poured it out. Thanks for the tip!"