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I want to know how to get gunk off from bottom iron fry pans

These were my grandmother's pans and I have a ceramic stove. There is a buildup of stuff on the bottom of these pans. How do I get rid of it without ruining pans?

asked by Jeanne Thompson 7 months ago

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4a133dad 72d1 43e3 84bb a8b5e6921f22  jesse avatar
added 7 months ago

First, try wiping some oil on the pan bottom, then sprinkle salt on it. Scrub vigorously with a paper towel, adding more salt as needed. When done, rinse with water, wipe dry, rub on oil, place in a 300 degree oven for half and hour to season.

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added 7 months ago

I have started to use a chain mail scrubber on my cast iron pans and it is a game changer! Way less elbow greese than my old salt scrub method and I think the pans' seasoning has actually improved with this method. It's really hard to ruin a cast iron pan, just be sure to dry the pans in the oven after use and cleaning to prevent rust.

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added 7 months ago

What is a chain mail scrubber??

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added 7 months ago

It is a small piece of chain mail. Here is a link to one on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com...

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PHIL

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added 7 months ago

you could also use steel wool (not brillo) instead of the chain mail if you don't want to buy it.

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Sam1148

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added 7 months ago

If they're like 'rescue' pans. That no amount of soaking, scrubing and such will get off. Start over. Take them to a autobody shop and ask about a 'chemical sandblast'. Or a normal sandblast.
It'll bring it down 'new' surface and you'll have to season them again.

If it's on the exterior...just go to town with whatever you have, sand papers, chore boys, brillo pads. etc.

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0a62c55f 38bb 4f00 aefc 1de6685070d9  stringio
added 7 months ago

plastic bread tabs are the bomb for getting baked on gunge from the bottom of all cook and bakeware. the sharp plastic edge just lifts it off.

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