How to Clean Baking Pans and Aluminum Baking Sheets

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Baking leaves food residue on your sheets and pans. How about non-stick cookie pans or aluminum pans? Are they any different when it comes to clean up? Do you know how to clean baking pans in 5 minutes?

There is one way to clean baking pans in 5 minutes but it only works for steel pans. 

How to Clean Baking Pans

Nobody likes baked-on mess whether you’re a world-renowned culinary instructor or just a hobbyist. This guide will help you clean your baking sheets in the fastest and easiest way.

The video shows a fast and easy way to clean a baking pan in under five minutes if you’re counting.

One thing to note, the baking sheet in the video is scratch-proof aluminized steel so it can withstand scrubbing from an aluminum foil. Using aluminum foil to scrub a non-stick baking sheet can destroy the non-stick coating of your pan.

You also can’t use aluminum foil on aluminum sheets. Here’s the proper way to clean non-stick cookie sheets and aluminum baking sheets.

How to Clean Cookie Sheets Safe and Fast

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Cleaning aluminum cookie pans is easy, but again, you need to avoid harsh detergents and abrasive scourers. Those you can only use on stainless steel cookie sheets

Here’s a better way.

How to Clean Aluminum Cookie Pans

Step 1: Put some baking soda on the burnt portion of the pan
Step 2: Pour vinegar on top of the baking soda
Step 3: Let the mixture sit for half an hour
Step 4: Scrub the mixture until the burnt-on gunk is removed
Step 5: Rinse and let dry

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For storing use an aluminum foil on top of your dry pan and let it sit until the next use.

How to Clean Non Stick Cookie Pans

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You can protect the non-stick coating by using a less abrasive cleaning product and a non-scratch all-purpose dishcloth. Using a regular detergent and a metal mesh scourer is fast and easy but it can be too rough.

Here’s the best way to clean your non-stick cookie pan.

Since the baking soda with vinegar mixture can be too harsh, you can instead use water and baking soda.

Step 1: Make a paste by mixing baking soda with hot water  
Step 2: Spread the paste evenly on the pan
Step 3: Let it sit for 30 minutes
Step 4: Scrub the pan with a non-scratch all-purpose cloth or scourer
Step 5: Gunk should be easier to remove by then. Keep on scrubbing until the paste and gunk are removed
Step 6: Rinse the pan thoroughly
Step 7: Let it dry

If your non-stick pan has burnt-on grease you can use the same steps as the baking soda-vinegar mixture. Grease is harder to remove than regular food residue. It’s different when you’re using steel pans and aluminum pans.

Here’s the best oven cleaner for baked-on grease. Water, baking soda or cream of tartar.

How to Remove Burnt Grease on Steel Pans

Step 1: Put your pan on your stove
Step 2: Put water and a few drops of detergent inside the pan
Step 3: Boil the water for five minutes
Step 4: Let it cool down first then empty the water
Step 5: Scrub the pan with a scouring cloth
Step 6: Rinse and let dry

How to Remove Burnt Grease on Aluminum Pans

Burnt on stains are hard to remove but this will help you get rid of it with very little effort.

Step 1: Put your pan on your stove
Step 2: Put cream of tartar on top of the pan
Step 3: Add water in the pan and let it boil for five minutes
Step 4: Let it cool down
Step 5: Remove the water. It should wash away the grease
Step 6: Clean the pan with an all-purpose cloth
Step 7: Rinse and let it dry

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