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*Warning* This post contains graphic images of a major mom fail….please try this at home if your pots look like this.
Ok…let me explain. ~giggle~ This is my Dutch oven…my very loved Dutch oven. It is so great at frying things like french fries and chicken nuggets, I let it do the job. However, there is a side effect of all of this cooking love. The burnt on black grease on the bottom of the pot.
Now I have asked you guys for tips on how to get it off before. I have scrubbed, soaked, scrubbed, and practically given up on my beloved Dutch oven. I just figured the outside was destined to look like this since I use it so often.
Then I read a tip the other day to clean burnt on grease off of stove burners. It said to put 2 TBSP Ammonia in a gallon Ziploc with the burner. Not enough to soak, but to seal the bag and the fumes would do the job.
Ok, so I got curious. Could this work with my Dutch oven? Could it be returned to its original glory? I took a large garbage bag (Yes garbage bag, I didn’t know what else to use), And put 1 cup of Ammonia, set my Dutch oven inside, tied it up tight and placed it on the back patio. I didn’t want to smell the house up.
I let it sit for a day and then brought it in and took a regular non scratching scouring sponge and scrubbed at it. A good bit came right off, but refer back to photo A…it was bad. So, I let it sit another day and then scrubbed it again. Seriously very little elbow grease went into this.
I get that it isn’t perfect, but OMG! It is much better than it was! So, if you have a pot, pan, or otherwise perfect cooking utensil that has been well loved like my Dutch oven. You may want to give this a try. It can’t hurt!