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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

WFMW: Cleaning pots, pans, and glass stovetops

I cook a lot, and because I do, my pots and pans often get amazingly dirty with burned on 'stuff' on the bottom of the pans. I use very heavy All-Clad MasterChef alumimum pans, and they aren't the easiest to clean, nor are the supposed to go into the dishwasher. For years I tried various liquid cleansers, but they never got shiny clean.

Then a friend recommended BarKeepers Friend, a very soft cleanser that, for some unknown reason, cleans my pots and pans better than anything else. Once you wash the pot, you sprinkle in a tiny bit of the cleanser and the inside of the pans sparkle like they are brand new. The outside needs a bit more scrubbing, especially if you're not the neatest cook in the world. But with a bit of elbow grease and some very hot water, your pans will shine just like they did when you took them out of the box.

But the coolest thing I've discovered is that BarKeepers Friend makes short work of cleaning my glass cooktop. My stove came with the house. It was brand spanking new, so I kept it even though I do own a gas stove. But this one was so new and clean, so I figured I'd try it before I brought a gas line into the kitchen. I love the stove. It gets hot. Really hot. It doesn't burn anything because it cycles well. But... man, that stovetop is a pain to keep clean. Until I tried Barkeepers Friend on it. From scrubbing until my arms fall off to barely working at all to get off the burned on guck, my stovetop comes totally clean with almost no effort at all.

So my Works for Me Wednesday suggestion is to get yourself a canister of BarKeepers Friend and try it on on your pots, pans, and stovetop. You'll love it!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! I also bought a home with a glass cooktop... its impossible to keep clean. I will try the Barkeepers Cleaner.
Cindy in Nashville

16/1/08 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth@table4five.net said...

Thanks so much for the tip! I love my glass cooktop stove but it is a pain to clean. I'll try the Barkeeper's Friend cleanser!

16/1/08 9:48 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Have you tried the new Dawn foam? I've had good luck with it. It's strong, but doesn't scratch.

16/1/08 10:49 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

I LOVE my barkeepers friend! I use it all over the place in my house. I'm convinced that if it doesn't work, nothing will.

My favorite use - getting the ickies out of an OLD porcelain tub. This stuff starts removing the rust before you even scrub!

16/1/08 7:01 PM  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

I use Barkeeper's friend for my sink but I never thought to use it for my All-Clad for my glass-top stove. Thanks for the tips!

16/1/08 10:10 PM  

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