Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tips Tuesday!! Cleaning Pots and Pans

We are still working our way around, spring cleaning the kitchen.

Pots and Pans

To clean copper pots: Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and 3 Tbs salt. Spray on the copper, let stand for a while, then rub clean. Or try toothpaste, Worcestershire sauce or ketchup. Or dip a lemon half in salt and rub.

Clean the outside of cast-iron skillets with a commercial oven cleaner. Let stand for 2 hours. Then remove any accumulated black stains with vinegar and water.

After cleaning cast iron, while the pan is still warm, wipe with a piece of wax paper to prevent rusting. Or when clean, rub a small amount of vegetable oil on the inside to keep it seasoned.

For burnt-on stains, sprinkle pots liberally with baking soda and add just enough water to moisten. let stand for 2 hours then lift the burned food out of the pan.

Remove stains on non-stick cookware by boiling 2 Tbs of baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water for 10 minutes. Re-season with salad oil.

To remove lime deposits from the inside of a tea kettle, fill with equal parts white vinegar and water. Boil 10 minutes and let stand overnight. Shake the kettle, pour out contents and rinse. If any residue remains, scrape with a wooden spoon and if necessary, repeat.

Clean your thermos by adding a few tablespoons of baking soda and filling with warm water. Let stand; rinse thoroughly.

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