ONE THING I LEARNED FROM OFF THE NET IS TO TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN OUTSIDE IN A SECLUDED AREA IN YOUR YARD AND LEAVE IT A COUPLE DAYS. SOME OF MINE FELL RIGHT OFF VERY LITTLE LEFT TO SCRUB...HAPPY NEW YEAR.
sprinkle baking soda to cover crust, add a mix of half cup HOT water, half cup vinegar and 3-4 drops blue Dawn. Let soak overnight. Pour the mixture into a container, then scrape off loosened crusty pieces and remove them. Sprinkle pan again with baking soda, then pour mixture back in pan. Let soak again. Next day dump out mixture and scrub pan using a scrubbie meant for non-stick pans and more baking soda. Takes a couple days, but if it saves an expensive pan, it's worth it
Hi Mary Kay: What I use is a paste of vinegar and cream of tartar (the dry stuff). Make a paste and put it on the gunk. Let it sit for about 15 or 20 seconds and then scrape off with a plastic putty knife or one of those plastic scrubbies. You may have to do it a couple of times if the gunk is thick, but usually not. There is no smell and it is environmentally safe. Good luck.
Jill is right.