How to remove burnt stains from the pressure cooker
You have served a delicious spread of food and everyone’s stomach is heartily filled. You walk back to the kitchen and see a plethora of pots and pans lying in the sink crying to be cleaned. And your eyes fall on the pressure cooker that has burnt stains! Panic ensues. We have all been there. The uncleaned pots and pans may not be as intimidating to clean as a burnt vessel. Pressure Cooker being a versatile kitchen tool, it is indispensable. And invariably, the burnt stains cannot be simply ignored!
If you have unintentionally burnt food in the pressure cooker and are fraught to clean the grime and stains, we have listed below 5 quick and easy tips for you.
- Hot Water Magic
The easiest and quickest way to get rid of burnt remnants or loosen food particles, especially in a pressure cooker, is by boiling water for 10-15 minutes on low heat. This will loosen up the food particles which can then be scrubbed off easily. Once the water has cooled down, you can pour 2 drops of dishwashing liquid in it and scrub thoroughly till the stains fade away. You can now wash the pressure cooker the way you usually do.
- Baking Soda
Pressure cookers are usually used the most in the kitchen. Also, one pressure cooker can last for years. Therefore, you may see a black hard ring of crud formation on the bottom of the pressure cooker. This is usually accumulated over a long period of use and baking soda is an amazing ingredient to wash this off. Add two to three teaspoons of baking soda in a pressure filled with water. Spend half an hour simmering it on low heat. Even a few drops of liquid soap should be fine. Take it off the stove and let it cool. Once the cooker has cooled, give it another scrape with baking soda to get rid of any residue and reveal the glossy surface.
You've undoubtedly been using the pressure cooker for a while, and because of the accumulation of black stains, the surface may already be tarnished. Use this quick procedure to restore the clean, smooth appearance of your pressure cooker. Cover the stained parts with water in your pressure cooker. Drop five to six onion skins (the onion's outer layer) into the water. Put the cover on and set the stove to high heat. Boil the onion skin and water for 20 to 30 minutes. When it has cooled, remove it and give the surface a gentle scrape.
- Cream of Tartar & Lemon juice
Cream of Tartar or Tartaric acid is a white powder-like substance (which looks similar to a baking soda) and can be found at any supermarket. Fill the pressure only halfway with water. Don't fill it all the way up. Place the cooker on the stove after adding a couple of teaspoons of tartaric acid. You can also squeeze a few drops of lemon juice for some acidic effect and aroma, of course! Warm the mixture until the water begins to boil. You will notice that the black stain streaks vanish after a while. Take off from the burner, then wash with regular soap.
- Corn Flour
In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of corn flour and 1 cup of water. Mix thoroughly to remove any lumps. Apply this paste to the stained area in your pressure cooker using a soft-bristled brush. Let the mixture settle on the stain for about 15 minutes. Wash as usual.
We have all made frantic phone calls to our wise mother seeking advice removing burnt stains from the pressure cooker. However, with these quick tips, you will be able to retain the shine & glossy surface of your beloved pressure cooker.
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