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One of the best cooking tips of all time

I tend to be forgetful in the kitchen and sometimes burn a pot or pan. It’s not always my fault because my twin sons are very good conversationalists. They can talk about almost anything and are so engaging that I lose track of time… easily.

The other day I made a doozie. I was cooking zucchini (I used spell check for this one) and the pan ran out of water. It must have been over an hour on high heat. Phew! The pan was totally burned and charred. I was surprised that the handle had not melted.

The smell was…unique.

I knew my sweet wife would give me one of those looks. You know, I’m not so sure you should be around kids, look at her.

I really don’t like “the look” so I started thinking of ways around it.

After much thought and testing, here’s what works so well you’ll think you bought a new pan after using it.


3M wet or dry sandpaper.

It’s absolutely amazing! I used 320 grit (very fine) 400 works fine too. It can be found at most auto parts stores and in the paint section of Walmart (don’t kid me, I see my millionaire neighbors there, too).
It feels almost like a simple piece of paper… that’s how thin it is.

This is what you do:

1. Carefully remove any coarse burnt on food with a flat razor blade.

2. Lightly fill the burnt pan (stainless steel) with soapy water.

3. Rub with the sandpaper until the burned residue is gone.

You will be surprised at the results. What was once a nasty burnt spot will look like new. Your stainless steel skillet will shine like new.

I hope this is helpful, however you may not need this tip as you probably have a complete brain…or a timer.

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