How to Clean a Greasy Baking Tray

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A greasy baking pan or tray is one of the messiest items in the kitchen to clean after cooking, but there are solutions to make the process more efficient. The best thing to do after roasting meat or baking casseroles would be to get to cleaning your tray or baking pan immediately because the food particles will adhere even better the longer it sits. Next, the Cleanipedia website recommends using a paper towel to remove as much of the excess grease as possible. This step is especially important if you don’t want your sink drains clogging with unwanted grease. You can start cleaning up the grease with paper towels and allow them to soak up the liquid fat before discarding. Finally, Cleanipedia recommends using Persil brand dishwashing liquid for cleaning the baked on pans further.

Persil dishwashing liquid is a tremendous household cleaner because it cuts through grease very well to prepare the baking tray or pan for the dishwasher. By soaking the baking tray in warm soapy water for at least an hour, you will be starting the first stage of cleaning your tray, which will loosen the food particles and make it easier to scrub. You could likely soak your baking dish in warm water with any soap, however, as most dish soaps have a similar grease-fighting action. Once the item has soaked, you will have to continue cleaning it by rubbing it with a sponge, cloth, or scouring pad. What you use will be dependant on the type of dish you are washing because non-stick coating shouldn’t have anything abrasive applied to them, while stainless steel roasting pans or Dutch ovens can. On a non-stick or delicate surface, always use a soft cloth or sponge for cleaning remaining grease and grime. Chances are the burnt on particles will pull away easier than on tougher pans, because of the non-stick surfaces. For stainless steel pans or those of a sturdier nature, you can feel free to use a more abrasive scouring pad for cleaning the dirty surfaces.

Home cleaning products are the best for when you want to clean cookware because they are often inexpensive and more natural than store-bought chemical cleaners. A good rule of thumb is to use a cleaner that is food safe for all your cookware-cleaning needs. As such, a dishwashing soap makes perfect sense since you would use that on your dishes. Alternatively to soaking your pans in the sink, you could apply a mixture of baking soda, warm water, and vinegar to the pan and simmer on the stove if it is safe to place over direct heat. If it isn’t safe on the stove, allow to simmer in the oven. Baking soda is always an effective cleaning solution because it foams and loosens burnt bits. Next time you are wondering how to clean a pan with burnt on food or grease, consult Cleanipedia’s guide for cleaning baking trays and pans. Thank you to Cleanipedia for their easy instructions on how to clean stubborn baking pans and trays.**

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