There is a definite possibility that this is one of those situations where I am just the last one to the party… And if that is the case, please just use this as a friendly reminder. For me, this was just too amazing not to share! Those who know me know that I love all cast iron and enameled cookware. If I could, I would own ever item made my Le Crueset, unfortunately, they are a little out of my price range… I do how ever have this pretty yellow enameled pot that my mother in law got me for Christmas.
I absolutely love it and use it so frequently that it permanently resides on my stovetop. Anyway, back to the story… Wednesday night I was making another batch of baby food for Brynlee, this time I was doing a broccoli, spinach and pear mixture. Well, I had my spinach steaming (my broccoli had just finished) and my pears boiling in my beloved enameled pot. I was also talking on the phone to a friend that had just called and chasing after Brynlee, who now has an obsession with Lola’s food and is constantly crawling for it. Anyway, I’m chatting away and running after Brynlee when I start to smell something burning, then I realize it had been a while since I had checked on those pears and when I do, the bottom layer had burned to the bottom of the pan. I immediately, without thinking, fill a cup of water to throw in there effectively caramelizing the pears and scorching the bottom of my enameled pot. Fortunately,I was able to save the majority of the pears to finish making Brynlee’s baby food. The pot on the other hand was a whole other story. One whole side of it was scorched black and no amount of scrubbing was getting it off… I decided to let it soak in overnight in hopes that would loosen some of the gunk, but that next morning it was no easier to get off. Then I remembered reading in a magazine that salt is a great abrasive for cleaning so I decided to give that a try. That sort of worked, as in it got of a very small amount of gunk off. By this point I was losing hoping, I had put in a ton of time and elbow grease trying to get this pot clean to absolutely no avail! So I turned to my trusty friend google… and you know what he told me??? Use BLEACH!!!! Seriously, post after post was people suggesting bleach and to soak it anywhere from overnight up to a week!!! There was no way that I was going to use bleach on a pot that I cook with constantly and let it soak for a week!!! This is where the despair set in, I thought the pot was ruined, after only 4 short months with this favorite enameled pot, I was going to have to say goodbye… Then it dawned on me, I know I’ve read somewhere, maybe Pinterest, about the awesomeness of baking soda and really, at this point what did I have to lose? I was ready to try anything. So out comes the baking soda, I pour a pretty generous layer in the bottom of the pot with just a little water so it forms more of a paste and I let it sit for probably about 30 minutes while I play with Brynlee. I go back to my poor, scorched pot and using a damp dish rag start to scrub it. And then, the most amazing thing happened!!! The black scorched part scrubbed right off!!!
*The entire left side of the pot was completely black
I wasn’t even scrubbing all that hard, it was so easy! I couldn’t believe it. I really wish I would have thought to take a before shot of the pot, but I really wasn’t planning on posting anything about this story until I saw how amazing it worked and just had to share. So, I guess the moral of the story is: Don’t try to do too many things at once, but if you do and happen to burn your enameled pot, don’t waste time scrubbing it, just pour on some baking soda and you are good to go!! Now, I’m off to find what else I can use this new (to me) found cleaning supply on to make my house sparkle!! Happy Friday!! I hope you have a great weekend!!!