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Good, same here—always. (Unless it involves disappearing snacks.) Lucky for us, our co-founder, CEO, and resident pan-scrubbing expert Amanda Hesser agreed to share her top tips for making enameled pans look good-as-new with just one ingredient, plus some water and elbow grease.
Rinse the pan under water (this helps the Bar Keepers Friend from falling off the pan).
Sprinkle about a tablespoon of Bar Keepers Friend on a small portion of the pan bottom.
Using a damp sponge, get your elbow grease on and get scrubbing! I like to work on an area, make some progress, then move on until the pan bottom is mostly clean. Then I'll rinse it so I can give myself a brief pat on the back. Then, I reload the Bar Keepers Friend and get off the last stuck bits.
After getting the pan bottom clean, I'll move to the sides and then to the handle. The most important part is to make sure you're using pressure—stuck bits don't come off without serious friction, no matter how caustic the scrubbing powder is—and remind yourself regularly that this counts as your workout for the day.
What's your top tip for tough build-ups on pots and pans? Let us know in the comments!
Ella Quittner is a a writer at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.