How To Clean Burnt Calphalon Pans

Calphalon pots and pans are not inexpensive and need to be properly cared for to ensure they stay in the best condition and last. In this article we’ll learn how to clean burnt Calphalon pans so when you get distracted you can restore your cookware and bakeware back to near new condition.

Calphalon makes several types of cookware and bakeware products. Stainless steel, hard anodized aluminum, and non stick. Each of which needs to be cared for in different ways. Stainless steel and hard anodized aluminum are much more forgiving when exposed to high heat. Non stick doesn’t react well to temperatures much above 400 degrees. Continue reading to learn about how to take care of each and the best methods for cleaning them when they get burnt on food buildup.

How To Clean Burnt Calphalon Pans

How To Clean Calphalon Stainless Steel

  • Stainless steel is dishwasher safe but hand washing is recommended
  • Yellowing can occur due to overheating and can be removed with Barkeepers Friend and a Scotch Brite Pad
  • Lemon juice can also be used
  • Hand dry to avoid water spots

How to clean burnt stainless steel pots and pans

  • Add equal parts water and vinegar to your pot or pan
  • Place on the stove top on medium high heat
  • Boil for approximately 10 minutes or until some of the burnt residue begins floating
  • Remove from heat and dump water and vinegar mixture
  • Clean with Barkeepers Friend and a Scotch Brite pad to remove remaining burnt on buildup

How To Clean Calphalon Hard Anodized Aluminum Exterior Surface

  • Hard anodized cookware should be handwashed
  • Wash with soap and water
  • Use Barkeepers friend and a Scotch Brite pad to clean more difficult areas

How To Clean Calphalon Hard Anodized Aluminum Interior Surface

  • Soak in hot water and Dawn dishwashing soap
  • Use Barkeepers Friend and a Scotch Brite pad to remove remaining difficult areas
  • Rinse and hand dry

How to clean burnt Hard Anodized Aluminum Pots and Pans Interior Surface

  • Add equal parts water and vinegar to your pot or pan
  • Add some baking soda to the mixture
  • Place on the stove top on medium high heat
  • Boil for 10 minutes or until some of the burnt residue begins floating
  • Remove from heat and dump water, vinegar, baking soda mixture
  • Clean with Barkeepers Friend and a Scotch Brite pad to remove remaining burnt on buildup

How To Clean Calphalon Non Stick Interior Surface

  • Most Calphalon non stick cookware is not dishwasher safe
  • Wash with warm water and a dishwashing soap like Dawn and a soft bristle brush
  • Soak in hot water, use Soft Scrub, and a sponge on more difficult areas

How to Clean Burnt Non Stick Cookware

  • Fill the non stick cookware with water
  • Add some vinegar
  • Bring to a boil for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Dump water and vinegar mixture
  • Wash with soap and water
  • Hand dry

Non stick cookware is coated with Teflon which should not be used with high heat. If you have burnt on food that can not be removed with the above recommended steps or your Teflon non stick coating is peeling off you will most likely need to replace your cookware. Never use Teflon at temperatures above 400 degrees as it can emit harmful fumes. This is especially true if you have any pet birds as the fumes can easily kill them. If your food preparation requires high heat use an alternative cookware that doesn’t have a Teflon coating.

How To Clean Calphalon Non Stick Bakeware

  • Calphalon non stick bakeware is dishwasher safe
  • You can hand wash if you prefer with Dawn dishwashing soap and a Scotch Brite pad
  • Use Soft Scrub cleaner for more difficult to remove burnt on areas

Is it safe to use a scratched non stick pan?

It’s not recommended because Teflon can flake off and get into your food while cooking. While Teflon can emit harmful fumes at high temperatures, it should pass through your system safely. It is still wise to avoid it and having flakes of Teflon in your food is obviously less than idea.

Is Calphalon coated with Teflon?

Non stick Calphalon pans are coated with PTFE which is the non brand name for Teflon. They don’t use the actual Teflon brand of non stick PTFE from DuPont.

Is stainless steel toxic to humans?

No, not unless you have a specific allergy to stainless steel. Scratches or pits in stainless steel can allow chromium or nickel to leach into your food in small amounts but these elements are not toxic.

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How To Clean Burnt Calphalon Pans

How to clean burnt Calphalon pans depends on the type of Calphalon pan you’re dealing with. In general, Barkeepers Friend should get you a long way toward your goal of a clean pan but vinegar and/or baking soda plus some heat should get you the rest of the way there in most cases if Barkeepers Friend doesn’t completely do the trick. Scotch Brite pads are a great tool for cleaning some cookware and bakeware but not everything. Follow Calphalon’s instructions on how best to clean each type of cookware and you should be covered under most circumstances. Good luck and happy scrubbing.

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