I've got an old stainless steel coffee carafe, the kind they use (used?)
in coffee shops with the flip-up lid. This does not have a copper
bottom. I use it exclusively to boil water on a gas range. Whistling tea
kettles annoy me and I find it faster to boil X amount of water in the
carafe. Besides, it's way easier to estimate how much water is in this
I've been cleaning this from time to time (it's at least 10 years old),
but presently, the bottom and a couple inches up the sides it's
Besides the bottom, the insides are almost all practically black. On the
bottom it says "18-8 STAINLESS STEEL," no brand. I bought it at a
restaurant supply warehouse. Maybe the quality of the steel is bad, I
don't know, but it doesn't seem appropriate to call this stainless!
Bon Ami doesn't touch this. The only thing I can think of that seems to
be working is a TON of elbow grease and progressively finer grades of
wet-dry sandpaper, starting with something like 220 (I also have 150 and
180, in case the 220 is too slow) and ending with 600 or 1200. It looks
to me that I'd have to spend 2+ hours just with the 220 and then hours
to get the scratches out.
Is there a way to get this thing looking good without spending a whole
day on it? I almost bought a new one but decided to try to rehabilitate
this one. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net