Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Tip: Cleaning Baked-On Messes with Baking Soda

Soooo how many times have you cooked or baked something that stuck to the dish, and no matter how hard you scrubbed, some parts would not come up?  Too many to count, right?  Well, let me impart a special trick that I learned in culinary school (because having to wash up your own dish mess when you did something terribly wrong was time consuming).

{Baking soda!}

Baking soda, applied directly to a mess right after it happens, will get it out!  A little elbow grease is necessary, but the baking soda's abrasiveness helps cut the time and elbow grease down considerably.

{Baked on bacon and country ham mess from the feijoada (Brazilian Black Bean Stew)!}

{Apply baking soda directly to mess--no measurable amount but add more if you need it!}

{Scrubbed the whole mess off!  Side note--baking soda is a great way to get glass dishes sparkly and clean!}

{Rinse off the baking soda and mess!}

Easy, isn't it?  Another helpful tip if you can't clean a mess up right away is to put water and dish soap in the pan to keep the mess from drying out.  NEVER put water in a hot pan because the pan could warp or glass could crack!!!  I have learned the hard way on both counts--let the dishes cool before you put anything in them!

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