When you wash as many pots and pans as we do, you really value the tried and true tips and tricks for getting things clean. Like chilling the macaroni and cheese pot so that all that cheese easily scrapes off the bottom. Or using baking soda to clean a scorched stainless steel pot: sprinkle a generous layer of baking soda on the bottom, pour boiling water over, let sit for 10 minutes or so, and then clean as usual. To really polish up your stainless pots and pans you want to get your hands on some Bar Keepers Friend. With a little elbow grease, this stuff works like magic to clean off stains and those ugly brown oven marks that collect on the bottoms of your pans. It also works on range tops, sinks, tubs, and showers. A little caveat, it dries out my hands in a big way, although it doesn't seem to affect Alex at all. This is likely because the "secret ingredient" is oxalic acid and all acids should be treated with a little caution and common sense. Wearing gloves when scrubbing with cleanser makes it easy to avoid any ill effects on your skin. The benefits totally outweigh and minor side effect and we use it because it makes our pots shine.
February 2, 2005