I stumbled across the following very, very dirty looking copper pan on ebay this morning, and I'm wondering whether folks think this is a lost cause or something a bit of elbow grease could salvage. I've been keeping an eye out for a large pan but can't really afford most of what I see, so I was wondering if this might be one worth trying to save. I don't need it to look pretty in the end - just to cook safely and effectively. I've never seen a pan so black before though - do you think something weird happened to it? Bidding ends in about 6 hours and I keep waffling on whether or not to spring for it... was thinking maybe I use some oven cleaner and find sandpaper to get off most of the gunk, and then boil some baking soda to see if that brightens the inside a bit? Honestly, it almost looks like someone painted it or covered it in grease and tried to season it like cast iron.... I'm afraid it's beyond hope, or was caught in a fire and got so hot the copper itself is weakened or something.
Very curious what folks think, if anyone happens to see this in the next few hours. (Actually, even if you see this later, I'm really curious what causes a pan to get so blackened!).
Thanks so much for any thoughts!