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Blue stains on stainless steel pots...

Smorgasbord | Apr 5, 200908:22 PM

We just bought a set of Kitchen Aid pots to replace the ancient mismatched ones that are at the end of their life. The first time we used them, we got terrible blue spots and smudges on them. It is not due to high heat [as Google seems to think ], because we used both pots to simmer ingredients on the lowest minimum setting [also, no acidic ingredients were in the pots]. As well, 1] baking soda, 2] vinegar, and 3] SOS pads did nothing to get rid of the stains [thanks for nothing again, Google!]. So, what gives? Why is it that my crappy, cheap 18/8 steel pots I bought/got as hand me downs never did this once [and I've scorched food on them many a time at the highest heat setting]? It's frustrating to finally have a set of matching, heavy gauge pots, only to have them lose their gorgeous shine and be stained the first time out! I figure if anyone can help me with this, Chowhounders can...

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