What's the best substance for enabling one to remove baked-on grease
from the side of a pot? It has picked it up from sitting on the
stovetop for years of cooking beside it (I have little space).
409 or its equivalent has not worked. How about WD40? Vinegar? Any
Caution is required, but that doesn't mean one can't successfully use oven
cleaner (the lye type) on aluminum. It depends how long one leaves the oven
cleaner on the pot, and how much one is concerned with a pristine appearance
on the pot. When I say "pristine", I mean how much the baked on grease
bothers one compared to the slight degrading of the aluminum surface.
I've used the Easy Off extra strong stuff on a big aluminum pot I used for
deep frying turkeys. The pot has a lot of burned on grease after doing that.
One can see a definite reaction of the oven cleaner on the aluminum, but
relative to the thickness of the pot, it would take a long, long time to eat
through it. A half hour is not going to cause a big problem. It will however
change the appearance of the aluminum, giving it a dull finish of a
different shade (darker or lighter I don't remember).
I wouldn't use oven cleaner on any of the anodized aluminum finishes though,
as it would eat through the relatively thin anodizing quite quickly and make
the surface very splotchy in appearance.
Put the pot in a 5 gallon plastic bucket. Pour ammonia into the inside
of the pot, and/or fill the 5 gallon bucket to the high burnt on grease
of the exterior. Let it sit in there for a day. If it's outside in
this hot weather, it's even better. It should just rub off with a
plastic scrubbie after that.
I also use that method for barbeque grills. I put them inside of two
sealed up, and doubled up plastic trash bags. Pour in the ammonia, and
put it out on the patio for a day. They clean up easily and without
hard physical labor.
My ex's grandmother used that method for the oven - (not a
self-cleaning one) - put a big bowl of ammonia in the oven and let it
sit overnight - wipe off the crud. I never had very good results doing
it, but she did.
On 23 Jun 2006 10:09:12 -0700, myrl email@example.com wrote:
The only place we vary on technique is that I like to seal the greasey
thing in a bucket or plastic bag, but up *out of the ammonia*. In my
experience it seems to be the fumes that clean the best.
If the pot is aluminum and old you might need to use a little aluminum
polish on it afterward.
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