Afsa asked: How do I clear off the grease in alloy cooking vessels? The vessel is very greasy as it is used for frying, cooking, etc.
If grease is allowed to build up over time, it can be difficult to remove from any cooking pot or pan. The greater the build up or the longer it has been allowed to go on, the more work you can expect to have to do to get it clean. Even in the worst cases, this method will offer a nice improvement. Best of all, all of the “ingredients” are completely safe for use on cookware and in food prep areas.
You Will Need:
- Sink or tub large enough for the pot to fit
- Hot water
- Dishwashing soap
- White vinegar
- Cloth scouring pads (The scratchy green ones)
- Baking soda
- Stove or cooktop
Steps to Remove the Grease:
- Fill the pan with hot water. If the outside of the pan is greasy or in need of cleaning, place the pan in a sink, then fill both the sink and the pan with hot water.
- Add a few drops of dishwashing soap to the water. If you’ve filled the sink and the pot, make sure some of the soap is in the pot and some of it is in the sink.
- Allow the affected areas to soak for 24 hours.
- After the allotted soak time, empty the sink and the pot.
- Pour white vinegar in the pot, and use a cloth scouring pad to break up any remaining grease.
- If grease deposits remain, partially fill the pot with water and set it on the stove to boil.
- Once the water begins to boil, add 1 – 2 tbsp. baking soda to the boiling water.
- Allow it to boil for several minutes, checking frequently to ensure the pot does not run out of water.
- Turn the burner off and let the pot cool.
- When the pot and/or water are not too hot to handle, dump the water out and wash with a cloth scouring pad and a fresh solution of vinegar or dish soap.
- Repeat if necessary.
Additional Tips and Advice
- To prevent grease from sticking to pans, partially fill pans with hot water and baking soda or vinegar while they’re still warm. Allow cookware to soak until you can wash it, and do so before the water gets cold if possible.
- Do not pour heavy grease down the drain. Even with soap to break it up, there’s a good chance it could clog the plumbing.
- For old grease build up, apply baking soda directly to the grease and scrub with a soft cloth or scouring pad. The baking soda will add an extra boost of gentle abrasion to remove the grease. It takes some scrubbing, but will remove grease build up from almost any surface.