Did I ruin my tri ply pan??? Accidently placed hot tri ply stainless steel pan on mesh dryh drying mat

So, I was making popcorn using my Calphalon tri ply stainless steel 3 qt chef's pan. I have had it for 15 years. When I was done, I stupidly put it on a mesh drying mat. The mesh of the drying mat (plastic) is not seared onto the bottom of the pan. Is there anything I can do to save the pan? Maybe scrubbing with baking soda or something. I would hate to throw it out.

  • Posted by: puttakka
  • December 22, 2020


Lori T. December 22, 2020
There are a few things you can try to remove the plastic. It won't be so easy, but if you stick with it, you can have hope to salvage your pan. The first thing I'd do is put it in the freezer. Then see if you can scrape or chip away the frozen and brittle plastic. Then I'd scrub away using either the baking soda, or a product called Bar Keeper's Friend, if you can find it. Failing that, perhaps plain old Comet or Ajax. You can also then try acetone nail polish remover. One other suggestion is to cover the spot with a bit of waste cloth, and apply a hot iron to it very briefly- and then quickly peel the cloth off, hopefully with the plastic. Once you have removed most of the plastic, a scrub with steel wool should remove any residue left. You might end up with a scar area, but it will certainly be easier to live with than the cost of replacing the pan.
puttakka December 22, 2020
Thanks a lot! Stuck the pan in the freezer and am crossing my fingers.
puttakka December 24, 2020
Thanks Lori H! I may have ruined my hands but I think I saved the pan. First I froze the pan. I managed to scrape off about 90% of the mesh that way, using my nails basically to get under the mesh and pull it off. It took about a half hour. Then I refroze and used baking soda and a Brillo pad to get almost all the rest off. I still have a handful of teeny tiny spots, but I think it's going to work.
Lori T. December 24, 2020
I'm glad to hear the news. To save your nails, get yourself a small metal paint scraper just for the kitchen. They are relatively inexpensive, but they sure help get stuff out of and off of a lot of narrow or tiny spots. Saves your nails, your thin blade paring knives, and other such thing you might be tempted to use instead.
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