Stains on stainless steel can be produced by salt, the minerals that water carries, the substances contained in food. In no case does it affect the proper functioning of the utensil, but for an aesthetic issue we often want to know how to eliminate them.
How to clean stainless steel pans
In case of embedded foods, leave the utensil to soak in hot water with dish detergent for several hours, you will see how after that time you can easily remove the remains with a sponge and soap. You can also use hot water with vinegar.
In case of very embedded foods, after soaking time you can help yourself with a brush to clean dishes or a harder sponge. Avoid using scourers to avoid scratches on the surface.
In case of stains produced by the starch that certain foods leave during cooking, such as pasta or rice, you can easily remove them with a sponge and soap, or with a cloth with lemon juice or vinegar.
It is easy to have water stains, produced by lime and other minerals that water incorporates. You can remove them with a little baking soda: add some baking soda, wipe it with a damp cloth, rinse and dry immediately. You can also clean them with a little vinegar and a soft cloth.
Salt is one of the main reasons why stains appear on stainless steel, and removing them is not easy, because it is abrasive and may have penetrated the steel intensely (despite keeping it working properly). You can try to remove those white spots of salt with vinegar. If they do not come out, try making a paste of baking soda: with the pan or dry pot, pour a generous amount of baking soda at the bottom, and add a little water to generate a paste. Leave on for a few minutes and rub with a dry cloth or sponge.
In case of burn marks, you can remove them with baking soda as you have seen in the previous point, making a paste. Then rub with a damp sponge and rinse thoroughly. If those burns are at the bottom of the pot or pan, you can also try tomato juice, since the natural acidity of the pot can help eliminate them. In this case, put the tomato juice in the utensil and put it on the fire, let it bubble for a long time. Rinse afterward with soap and water normally.
To remove fingerprints from the outside of pots and pots, use a cloth with glass cleaner, or you can also use a stainless-steel cleaner (do not use it inside the utensil, or if you do, make sure to rinse it thoroughly afterward).
How to take care of your stainless steel pots and pans
• Before using them, remove all labels and wash with a sponge with hot water and soap, to remove any dirt that may be brought from the factory. When heating the pot or pan you are going to use, make sure that the flame or the disk of the vitro or induction is not larger than the base of the utensil.
• Do not leave empty utensils on a heat source (unless you need to heat it for a few seconds before adding the oil). When removing the saucepan, pot or pan from the heat, be sure to leave it on a surface suitable for it.
• If you need to throw salt, always dissolve it in boiling water: pour it when the water is hot and stir, to ensure that it does not settle on the bottom. If it does not dissolve properly, it could leave whitish spots on the bottom. Avoid leaving food in pans and pots for a long time, because the salt that they incorporate could leave stains.
• If it is still hot, do not put the utensil in direct contact with cold water to avoid deformation. Avoid cleaning them with a scourer, to avoid scratches on the surface (although, if any, they do not affect the proper functioning of the surface).
• They can be washed perfectly in the dishwasher; they do not rust. Although it is always advisable to wash with a sponge to maintain its original shine.
• Try to clean the pans, saucepans, and pots immediately after using them, to ensure that food and water remains do not leave stains.
• If possible, dry the utensils after cleaning them (otherwise, the remains of water can generate lime stains).
How do you remove blue stains from stainless steel pots
Try to cover the bottom of the pan with 1 or 2 cm of water and add a stream of vinegar. Put it to heat and leave it for about 15 minutes. After this time and when the pan has been tempered to avoid burning, you can remove the liquid and clean it with the scourer in the usual way. The spots should have disappeared.
Keep in mind that this has happened because the pan has not been properly treated, so with use the spots may come back out. These spots are very typical when there is excessive heating or lack of liquid if we have neglected.
How do you keep food from sticking to stainless steel pans
To prevent food from sticking to the stainless steel pan, it is recommended to follow these steps:
• Place the pan or pot on fire of smaller diameter than the utensil.
• Heat it to medium-high power without adding anything.
• After a few moments, detect that it has been heated enough by pouring drops of water, which should form “balls.” Dry with paper towels.
• Add oil or butter necessary for your recipe, spreading it all over the surface by turning the utensil.
• Lower the heat, add the ingredients and cook.