And my marriage. :smack:
I made a grilled cheese sandwich yesterday and accidentally left the empty pan on the hot stove for about 10 minutes. The pan now has a baked on brown film that is mostly resistant to my efforts to remove it, despite constant soaking. Some possibly relevant facts:
[li]The pan is a stainless steel Calphalon. (My wife got a brand new set of pans for Christmas, so she is not amused.)[/li][li]The “butter” used in preparation of the sandwich was actually an all-natural, non-dairy butter substitute (“Earth Balance”).[/li][li]The pans cannot be put in the dishwasher and harsh abrasives (e.g. steel wool) cannot be used without damaging the pan. Don’t even bother suggesting it, my wife will not go for it.[/li][li]I have put a great deal of elbow grease into trying to clean it with a light duty sponge with a small amount of success, but at this rate it will take me 3 years to fully clean the damn thing.[/li][/ul]
So, with that in mind, any amazing Doper suggestions for magic remedies to clean this thing? Or should I just give up and buy a new pan?