Chef Secrets: Cleaning Pots and Pans

cleaning pots and pans

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) After dinner, you might be dreading the cleanup! Especially if the food is stuck to your pots and pans! But do you know the secrets to quickly cleaning them? Personal Chef Bill Collins from ChefBill.com shared his chef secrets to easily cleaning your pots and pans!

Cleaning Pots and Pans

Usually, if you have something that’s really stuck to the pan, you can soak it overnight, or scrape away that the pan until it’s either clean, or you’ve had enough and just want to get on with you life.

Soaking overnight is okay, as long as you don’t mind seeing last night’s dishes in the morning.  And if you’re not in a hurry to get your day started.  But there is a plan B:

Think of Thanksgiving, when you’re making your turkey gravy (stay with me on this, everyone.  You’ll be glad you did!). When you take the turkey out of the pan, and pour off the drippings, you’re left with stuff stuck on the bottom of the pan.  You can scrape away at this, but there’ll still be stuff stuck on the bottom of the pan.  This is delicious stuff that’ll make your gravy even better. So, the remove this stuff from being stuck, you heat the pan until it’s quite hot, and add in some turkey stock, and it’ll come right off the pan.  This is called “deglazing.” It’s what gives gravies and sauces their rich flavor.

Why not do this to clean the pan too? A few steps:

  1. Remove as much of the stuck bits from the pan as you can. Don’t make this a major effort, but try to remove what you can.
  2. Get a wooden spoon or spatula, and a cup (or so) of water, and place them by the stove
  3. Heat the pan on medium-high to high. When the pan gets hot, maybe even steaming hot, add at least ¼ cup of water to the pan.
  4. Give it a few moments for the water to get hot too. Start scraping away with the wooden spoon. The stuck bits will come right up!
  5. This works with non-stick pans, too
  6. Wooden spoon is better than metal, as everything gets scraped, and noisy, with metal.

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