How To Clean A Burnt Copper Bottom Pan In 5 Steps

burnt copper pan

Copper is one of the best materials that is used to manufacture cookware. It is heavy and this makes it quite durable. It also distributes heat evenly and this ensures that your meals cook properly.

Such pans, however, can get burned on the bottom.

Burnt copper cookware loses its ability to distribute heat evenly and this will ruin your cooking experience.

When this occurs, you don’t have to get rid of them as you can clean them up and use them again.

I was thinking of throwing away my copper pan after it got burnt until was came across a great solution on how to restore it.

To help you in this regard, here are simple solutions on how to clean a burnt copper bottom pan,

Tips on How to Clean a Burnt Copper Bottom Pan

Don’t panic when this happens. Here is what you need to do to fix the situation.

Step 1

Remove the burnt food particles from the bottom of the pan.

Add a little liquid dish soap and fill it with hot water.

adding dish soap to pan

Make sure to cover all the food particles on the pan and then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

Let the pan soak for about 1 hour.

Step 2

Scrub the burnt food particles with a gentle scrubbing pad.

scrubbing burnt pot

Avoid strong scrubbers such as steel wool as they scrape off the non-stick coating on the pan’s interior.

If the particles are still stuck to the pan firmly, let the pan soak overnight so as to soften the stains.

Scrub the particles from the pan the next morning and rinse it with hot water.

Use a dry cloth to dry the pan.

Step 3

Turn your pan to the right side to expose the burned part at the bottom.

Spread tomato ketchup over the burnt section and let it sit there for about one hour for the acid to penetrate the burnt spots and dissolve them away.

Wash the ketchup away with hot water as you scrub the surface of the pan with a gentle scrubber.

Dry the pan with a soft cloth.

Step 4

Fill a bowl halfway with vinegar (if you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can substitute it with water and lemon) and place it in a microwave.

placing bowl in microwave

Make sure that the bowl is microwave safe to avoid any accidents in your kitchen.

Heat the solution on medium heat for 30 seconds.

Fill another bowl halfway with flour as the solution is warming up. Mix them together to form a thick paste.

Spread the paste over the burnt part with a piece of cloth. Leave it to sit until it dries.

Wipe excess paste from the bottom with a piece of cloth and rinse the pan with hot water.

Step 5

Cut a lemon into 2 and dip one half in table salt.

lemon and salt

Take the salted lemon and rub it on the remaining tarnished part on the pan’s bottom until the stains clear.

Rinse the pan with hot water and dry it with a clean piece of cloth.

A Clean Copper Pan Is A Happy Pan

You are likely to burn the bottom of your copper pans when preparing meals. When this happens, you shouldn’t panic since you can clean the pan’s bottom and get it back in good shape.

In this article, I have shared tips on how to clean a burnt copper bottom pan so you don’t get rid of your valuable cookware when you mess up in the kitchen.

Read the article in detail to learn how to fix your burnt pan like a pro.

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      1. Add water and baking soda (about 1/2 cup should be enough). The water should cover the burnt oil
      2. Bring the water to a boil
      3. Reduce the flame and let it boil for 10-30 minutes
      4. Pour away the water
      5. Pour more baking soda and begin scrubbing. Most of the gunk should fall off already so you won’t have to scrub really hard
      6. Repeat if necessary

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