Cleaning jelly roll pan used for roasting?


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Cleaning jelly roll pan used for roasting?

DistrictDarling | Feb 15, 2007 12:16 PM

I have a Chicago Metallic commercial aluminum jelly roll pan (rimmed baking sheet) that I use mostly for roasting things - potatoes, chicken wings, etc. Roasting always leaves that sticky yellow film that's impossible to get off, so I was scrubbing the pan with a sponge and some Bartender's Friend like I would my stainless cookware. Apprarently that was a bad idea, because the silver coating on the commercial-grade alumninum pan began to flake off from the scrubbing, leaving spots of the darker underlayer showing through. So, 3 questions:

1) Is the Chicago Metallic pan just poor quality, or will all jelly roll pans flake like this?
2) Is it dangerous to continue cooking on the pan with the surface layer flaking off like that?
3) I did get a replacement pan, but don't want to ruin it like I did the old one. Any suggestions for cleaning it after roasting/caring properly for it?

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