If you’ve been using your bakeware for quite some time then you’ve probably already noticed signs of not just wear and tear but also tough-to-clean dirt piling up. From stains of burnt food and the stickiness of certain oils to improper drying and storage, a lot of things can cause your bakeware to be dirty and unusable. The worst part of it is that bakeware items aren’t always the easiest to clean, sometimes you will have to scrub for a long time before you can even remove a tiny amount of caked-on food that has stuck on the tray’s surface. Fortunately, there are now a lot of effective bakeware=cleaning tips that you can easily follow.
And we’ll be sharing a couple of them right here.
That being said, listed below are some of the most efficient and memorable bakeware cleaning tips you should know about.
When Cleaning a Dirty Baking Sheet
One of the easiest ways to do it is by using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. You can start it by sprinkling some baking soda over the baking tray or sheet. Next, add some hydrogen peroxide on top of it then finish off with another layer of baking soda. This will not clean your baking sheet instantly so give the cleaning agent a few hours before you do the next step.
Now. You can start wiping the baking soda-hydrogen peroxide away with the use of a rag. Yes, there’s no need to scrub the sheet as the cleaning formula should be strong enough to remove most food/oil stains. But if for some reason, there is still dirt that is sticking to your tray, then just do the baking soda- hydrogen peroxide – baking soda combo once more to see if it comes off.
Pro Tip: Apply the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide on a small area of the tray first before going all the way to see how they will affect the coating of your tray. If you don’t see any changes in the coating then you can proceed with cleaning the entire baking sheet.
When Cleaning Glass Bakeware
Glass is an awesome material to use for bakeware. However, the glass will also require a lot of work to maintain not just because it is breakable but also it easily shows dirt. To get rid of the discoloration and gunk caused by burnt-on food, you need to have dish soap and baking soda.
To clean your glass bakeware, what you need to do is fill the bottom part with dish soap then add a layer of baking soda on top. Fill the entire bakeware with hot water and let it sit for 15 minutes. After that, start scrubbing it with the sponge until all the gunk is removed. If, for some reason, the dirt is still there, then just add more baking soda and keep on scrubbing until the glass is completely clean.
Pro Tip: Don’t use abrasive sponges or even steel wool when cleaning your glass bakeware to avoid unwanted damages.
When You Need to Clean Carbon Steel and Raw Cast Iron Bakeware
Cleaning cookware made out of cast iron or carbon steel can be very tricky as they have this ‘seasoned’ layer that you don’t want to scrape away. If you already own bakeware made out of this material then you probably already know why that is important and how to keep it intact. But if you don’t then all you have to do is wash it with hot water then scrub it with a stiff-bristled brush. Alternatively, you can also use put coarse salt and cooking oil into the baking tray and scrub it with a piece of cloth to remove the dirt.
Pro Tip: Remove the residual salt and oil mixture in your cookware by wiping them away with a rag or tissues. If you’re having trouble drying them then you can try heating them over the medium fire on your stove or in the oven.
When Cleaning Non-Stick Cookware & Bakeware
Compared to the previous ones, cleaning non-stick pans can be very tricky. Just how tricky, you ask? Well, not much, just that there are tons of things that you can’t use to clean it. From abrasive sponges to steel wool and strong chemical solutions, all of these can leave permanent damage to your non-stick cookware so you better avoid them.
To clean your non-stick bakeware, what you need to do first is let it cool down if you just used it before the cleaning process starts. Why is that? It’s because sudden extreme changes in temperature can harm the non-stick layer of your cookware.
Now what you need to have is a sponge (not the abrasive kind), hot water, and dish soap. Pour some dish soap onto the cookware, follow it with the hot water, and then gently scrub off the dirt with your sponge. If, for some reason, there’s still built-up dirt that just won’t come off, just fill it with water and half a cup of white vinegar then heat it on your stove.
Once the mixture starts boiling (this should take around 10 minutes), turn off the stove and allow your non-stick cookware to cool down completely. Once it does, you’ll find the gunk will be easier to remove. Dry your bakeware with a kitchen towel or clothing rag before properly storing it away.
Pro Tip: When storing non-stick bakeware, better use a hanging rack and place it in between two other cookware. If that’s not possible for you, just store the non-stick bakeware in a cabinet and cover it with an oversized kitchen towel before placing another non-stick baking tool on top of it.
These are just a few great tips on how to clean your bakeware properly. Remember, it doesn’t matter whether you buy high-end bakeware or even just budget-friendly ones, what’s important is that you know how to take good care of them so they can be used efficiently for a long time. Now, speaking of bakeware, are you searching for high-quality baking tools for yourself or your loved ones? Yes? Then check out BakersLove as we offer some of the best and trendiest bakeware you’ll find anywhere today!