My husband gifted me with a brand new black Whirlpool electric/gas stove and a 10 pieces Wear Ever Stainless Steel Cookware set for Christmas 2015! I am so grateful for these gifts! Click HERE to get a pot set like this.
The oven of my old stove was not working for a long time and I was using my toaster oven to bake my breads etc. In addition to that two burners were not working!
The new stainless steel cookware set consists of:
- 1 qt. sauce pan with lid
- 2 qt. sauce pan with lid
- 5 qt. Dutch oven with lid (this lid also covers the skillet)
- 9.5 deep skillet
- large serving spoon
- large slotted spoon
So one day I was working on a recipe – gluten free lentil peas patties and decided to use my new stainless steel skillet to fry the patties in. Well I notice that the skillet started to burn very quickly so I eventually completed the frying process in my ever so faithful old iron frying pan. But I had to deal with cleaning the stainless steel skillet.
I have a Pandora jewelry collection and I use a baking soda mixture to get my jewelry clean when it becomes tarnished after a while. So I decided to use the baking soda to clean my stainless steel skillet. I always have baking soda in my house it is very useful to clean various parts of the house and can be used in beauty tips as well.
The initial wash of the stainless steel skillet, with dish washing liquid, did not remove the dried on burnt spots. So I made a paste with baking soda and water and applied to the inside of the pan and washed out the skillet after about 30 minutes. This process did not work either.
My next attempt was to put some water in the skillet, then put it on the stove over a medium fire. Next I added a generous amount of baking soda and allowed the mixture to boil for about 3 minutes. After the skillet was cool, I used my sponge and used a bit of elbow grease to scrub out the burnt on stains and it worked!!! I notice that the 3m Scotch-Brite cleaning pad, which I use to clean my stainless steel pots, are leaving scratch marks on them, I can’t have that.
Success!!! I was able to remove the burnt on spots but there no shine at the inside of the pot! So my next goal is maintain the shine on the inside of the pots.
I received a tip to try Bar Keepers Friend (BKF) CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR JAR , it is a cleanser and polish for stainless steel items also chrome, brass, porcelain, etc. So I went to the store where my stainless steel cookware was purchased and I got a jar of this Bar Keepers Friend that cost only $2.19! As soon as I got home, I tried this powder on my pot that was dull on the inside. I put a small bit of water in the pot and applied a bit of the powder, next I wiped the inside of the pot with a sponge to spread the powder around the pot. I left the pot in the sink, with the powder solution, for a few minutes. Then I washed out the pot and BOOM my pot is all nice and shiny on the inside again! I am so happy!!
Conclusion: The boiling the baking soda is a longer process than using the Bar Keepers Friend. But to be honest I have not tried the Bar Keepers Friend to remove burnt on spots on my cookware. I will be doing another test for this. All in all these two products are on top of my list to keep in my kitchen to keep my stainless steel cookware clean and shiny. And by the way they are very inexpensive. It is now my new mission to have my stainless steel pots always nice and shiny, even my old iron pots!