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What's the Best Way to Clean a Burned Baking Sheet?

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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: We bring you the best way to remove messes from your beloved baking sheets.

How to Clean a Baking Sheet on Food52

We've all been there -- you know you're supposed to put down a layer of parchment, foil, or a Silpat when roasting or baking to protect the baking sheet and cut down on your cleaning time. But mistakes happen, and inevitably there are times you forget; vegetables roast for a few too many minutes or cookies cement themselves to the pan. Not to worry, you can erase those dark, burnt, crusty stains, and save your baking sheets -- without having to make any extra trips to the store.

On the Hotline this week, ATG117 sought an alternative cleaning method to Bar Keepers Friend, after having little luck with baking soda on a badly stained baking sheet:

  • Pastry Chef Shuna Lydon recommends pouring boiling water over the pan and allowing it to soak in the sink. Once the pan's grease has loosened, scrub with a stainless steel scrubber -- the non-soaped variety. If you don't have the proper scrubber on hand, try scrubbing it with fine sandpaper and kosher salt (with a gentle hand!).
  • To avoid this problem altogether, Lydon suggests using an enamel cast iron pan for roasting as it is naturally non-stick.
  • A more labor intensive solution from Adianne involves placing the baking sheet in a garbage bag filled a 1/2 cup of ammonia, and allowing it to soak, tightly sealed. After 24 hours, cutting a corner to carefully release the ammonia (doing so outside is safest), and dispose of the bag. 

How do you revive your beat up baking sheets? Tell us your method in the comments below!

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: Kitchen Hacks, Community, Advice, Your Burning Questions