How to clean a badly burned all clad pan?

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Tried Barkeepers Friend, baking soda, no luck. Can I dare oven cleaner on a pan I put food in? Thanks, Pat

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  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 03, 2019

    Which kind of All-Clad do you have?

    No, I would not put oven cleaner on it.


    All Teflon-style coatings are prone to flaking when the pan is permanently burned. Eating Teflon micro flakes is unhealthy.


    I would simmer the entire pan in a big kettle of mild soapy water, to loosen up the caramelized food. Then scrub the back with a SOS pad.

    The inside will be cleaned, based on what the surface is that touches the food.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on May 03, 2019

    Literally cook it. Put in larger pot add some powder dishwasher detergent, and bring to a boil for about 3 min. Cover it and lit it sit for about half hour. Inside should clean right off. Use an SOS pad on outside if needed.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 03, 2019

    what kind all clad ; all stainless steel it's what I have--I use green scrubber sponge with comet cleanser, scrub with the grain of steel and then use dawn dish soap and hot water then rinse with hot water dry with cloth asap to stop any spotting. here's other info. from online...How to save your burned All-Clad cookware

    First, give the time for the pan to cool. Next, put some Bar Keepers Friend, a gentle abrasive, on the cooking surface and add a little water. Using a soft cloth, rub the Bar Keeper’s Friend and water into the affected area in a circular motion. This will hopefully get some of the food which is stuck to the pan to loses up. It should also remove some of the discolorations, if any, has occurred. Another solution is to bring some plain vinegar to a boil in the affected pan which may loosen up any stuck bits you’re not able to get up. Vinegar will also help with the bluing which sometimes occurs. If you’re still having trouble removing the bits, you might want to soak the pan for a night or two in soap and try applying the previous method. Just be aware that these tips apply to stainless surfaces and not non-stick.


    Another option is to use All-Clad stainless steel cookware cleaner and polish.

  • Lindy Lindy on May 04, 2019

    I had a friend who told me she used fabric softner, poured it in the pan and let it sit for a bit and that worked on a burned pan for her. I have used boiling water and a spatula after it sat for a bit and scraped the burned gunk out--may take a time or two. That was the dreaded "potatoes boiled dry" burned on food horror story. Sugary burns will come off with hot, hot water and soaking. Starchy burns, like rice, will come off with cold and a bit of scraping. You will get a hundred methods of removal with this question---one of them HAS to work.

  • Kc Kc on May 04, 2019

    Worst case scenario, All-Clad can resurface a damaged product. Give them a call and discuss your warranty and/or refurbishing price.

  • V Smith V Smith on May 05, 2019

    After you soak it in water with a new dryer sheet give it a wash. If there is still burnt food cover the burnt on food with vinegar and soak overnight. Sometimes the acidic nature of vinegar is enough to get it off but in the morning add baking soda and while it fizzes scour it with a micro fiber cloth.

  • Rob Rob on May 05, 2019

    buy a new pan

  • Sylvia Candler Sylvia Candler on May 05, 2019

    Fill the pan with soda pop, Coke, Pepsi, etc. Let it soak overnight. It should eat off all the gunk. Pour out the soda and residue. Wipe clean. Has always worked for me on my stainless cookware. Good luck!

  • Pat Pat on May 05, 2019

    I used vinegar and baking soda, boiled it and used a wooden spoon to scrape worst burn off, after that I used Bar Keepers Friend and elbow grease. Looks like new! Thanks to all.

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