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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Char Nolan - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Char Nolan in her virtual office as she welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to ask anything – from cooking techniques to cou… Read More.



I continually am burning the bottom of my steel pots and pans. Best cleaning methods? Soap and a soft scrubbing sponge are not working.

— Julie Larsen


So there's a couple of things you can do. Uh, I've had this for a long time and it's, it's been beaten up, but one of the things that you can do is, um, soak it first and then add some white vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon from, uh, either a fresh lemon or for cleaning. I buy that little fake, uh, plastic, uh, lemon that comes in the, it's in the produce department that you would never use on food, but it's really good for cleaning. I would put the hot water, very hot water in here with the lemon juice. And then you take one dryer sheet and put the dryer sheet in there, and then, um, put it back on the stove for about five minutes to a simmer. Take it off, walk away from it, come back later. And then when you lift up the dryer sheet, I'm going to say that about 85% of everything that was stuck to the bottom of your pan will be gone. And then that's when you would go back with either a gentle sponge or, um, a little brush or something like that. I like, I have a couple of, um, microfiber, um, sponges that are, that work really, really well. So you might wanna try that. Also, if you're burning the bottom of your pans, remember to do that mercury ball test first and make sure that your pan is not too hot from the bottom as well. So, uh, this works really well. So, uh, good luck and let us know how you make out. I'll be curious to, to, um, to hear from you.
Char Nolan

Char Nolan

Chef Instructor