March 28, 2016

Kitchen Hack: Charred Pots No More

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For those of you that do not know, I work full-time as a cook and have been cooking for some time now.  I love cooking and in fact, it was one of the careers I was looking into when thinking about furthering my education.  Even though I chose a different career path to go to school for, cooking is what I ending up choosing to pay my bills while I work on getting into my other career.

With that being said, I might not be the next Julia Child but I do know my way around the kitchen.  I know that sometimes, recipes just don't work out when you are experimenting or sometimes, you end up burning or charring food that you did not mean to.

Ramblings Thoughts, Tip, Trick, Hack, Pots, Cleaning, Charred, Burnt, How-to, No matter what, every time I make chowder for my residents, I always have charred potatoes charred on the bottom of the pot.  UGH!!!  I hate it!  Now, it didn't ruin the chowder but it does ruin my patience when it comes to cleaning up.  Trust me there has been plenty of times when I seriously contemplated throwing away the pot.  No matter how much I scrubbed using a steel pad, the food just wouldn't come off.  I would even soak the pot and still end up giving my arms a work out trying to get the pot clean.

Not anymore!!!!  I have figured out how to get the most stubborn stuck on food off without having to spend a bunch of time or working out your arms!  All you have to do is put about 3-6 tbsp (depending on the size of the pot) Dawn dish soap in the pot and add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot about 1/2 inch.  Then put it on the stove over high heat for about 6-8 minutes, enough time to boil the water and work its magic (make sure to not let the pot go dry).  Empty the water and take the scrubby part of your sponge to wipe out the loosened food.  VOILA!!!

-Rambling Holly

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