I like bright and shiny things… Don’t you?
Nope, I’m not talking about jewelry (though, if my husband is asking, I do like jewelry!)… I’m talking about pots and pans, my stainless steel pots and pans!
I love to cook with my heavy stainless steel pots and pans. You have probably realized that because you see them in my photos all the time. It does take some getting used to, but once you go stainless, I don’t think you’ll ever go back… Except maybe for eggs. I still can’t cook eggs in a stainless steel pan, and I have one nonstick pan in my collection reserved specifically for eggs.
One of the things I love most about my stainless steel cookware is that it can stand up to just about anything. Sometimes I joke that I could probably drive my car over it. I’ve definitely put mine to the test over the years… I’ve had scorched caramel stuck in the bottom of my favorite saucepan… I’ve burned my share of potatoes in my large skillet… And, of course, there are the countless times that I’ve been searing meat and filled the house with smoke, leaving a nice black crusted pan.
Here’s the thing… After the beating my pots and pans have taken, they are still bright and shiny… Just like new!
So, since today’s Works for Me Wednesday theme is spring cleaning, I thought I’d share my secret for keeping stainless steel cookware as good as new!
Bar Keeper’s Friend…
Even when I am on my best cooking behavior, and I don’t burn or scorch anything in my pans, I find that dish soap and water just aren’t enough. Fat and oil are a necessity when cooking on stainless steel, and they can leave a residue behind on pots and pans.
I have done my share of scrubbing, but over time, I’ve learned that, to keep my pans at their best, I need an additional cleaner – Bar Keeper’s Friend. It’s a powder cleaner that you can just sprinkle in the bottom of your pots and pans. When it mixes with a small amount of water, it will form a paste. Then, I use a wet sponge or scouring pad to scrub the pans.
After a quick scrub and a rinse… My pots and pans look as good as new!
Want to give it a try? My local grocery store has recently started carrying Bar Keeper’s Friend in the cleaning aisle… It’s with the other powdered kitchen and bathroom cleaners. If you can’t find it at your local store, you can order it from Amazon, as well.
I’m not affiliated with Bar Keeper’s Friend… I just love how it leaves my pots and pans bright and shiny! However, the links provided in this post are Amazon affiliate links.