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Accidental burning in Caphalon pot/how to clean

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Accidental burning in Caphalon pot/how to clean

mschow | May 6, 2009 09:20 AM

I have an older large Caphalon pot that has served me well for at least 15 years. Over the weekend I sauteed some onions and garlic in some butter and olive oil, and added some white wine. After reducing this, I thought I had turned it down to just 'warm' on my gas range. Actually, I had turned the burner higher (this is a new gas range and when you turn it to the left it goes higher, not lower like my last range). I went off to finish cleaning the bathroom without realizing the pot was on high, and everything in it was burning. After airing the house out and cooling down the pot, I am left with a burned up mess at the bottom of the pot. It's almost gluey and sticky, and I can't remove it. I tried boiling some plain water in it thinking it would loosen the gloppy mess, but it really made no difference. My next thought was to dry it out and try leaving some oven cleaner in the pot to see it that will remove the mess. However, I'm not certain whether that will ruin the pot or not. Any bright ideas out there?
Signed,
Bonehead

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