How To Clean Burned Milk from a Pot

Friday, September 20, 2013

How To Clean Burned Milk from a Pot

The Story:

If you've read my new "About Page", then you know that I eat cereal for breakfast pretty much every day of my life. I do, however, also enjoy oatmeal occasionally, and pancakes or crepes on special occasions. I went through a recent phase of eating quinoa for breakfast. I would make it with milk and add cinnamon, and it would be like super healthy oatmeal! (I know oatmeal is pretty healthy- but when I make it, it's usually from a nice little packet that you add water to and toss in the microwave for 60 seconds... and it comes pre-loaded with sugar).

Anyway, so I went through this Quinoa phase. The problem with cooking milk on the stove, for me, is that I am not good at staying still. I am not good at staying still and watching a pot to make sure the milk won't boil over. I have this need to keep my mind and hands busy, so I will inevitably find myself busy with something else and just as I'm peeking in on the milk, it will be overflowing. One day I left it too long and I ended up with a very black pot. And I was left to try to figure out how on earth to clean this hardened on, burnt milk from my nice new pot.

I found it. After a lot of searching, I found it. So today, I'm here to share it with you:

The Tip:

Get Burnt Milk off without scrubing! at

Because maybe one day you'll burn some milk too. ;)

Here's What You Need:

- Burnt Pot (check)
- Baking Soda
- Wooden Spoon
- Water

Here's what you do:

1. Observe burnt milk in pot in photo #1 (complete with little bits of quinoa)
2. Sprinkle bottom of pot with baking soda (I covered the black bottom so it looked white)
3. Add water (enough to cover the burnt area). Stir it up. (see photo #2)
4. Place on stove and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 min.
5. Empty pot (see photo #3- that's without any scrubbing- I just dumped the water out)
6. Give it a gentle scrape with a wooden spoon & most of the burnt stuff will come right off!
7. Use a sponge or cloth to clean the rest of the burnt stuff out as you would normally wash a pot, and you shouldn't have much trouble getting it back to sparkling clean! (photo #4)

Get Burnt Milk Off your Pot - Cleaning Tip by

HUGE BONUS: No scrubbing or hand/finger/wrist pain involved!!!! :)

This would be a good tip to pin for later. You know you'll need it one day! ;)

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  1. I have the same problem when I make homemade pudding, but I use vinegar and baking soda. It does the job pretty good too.

  2. I have the same problem when I make homemade pudding, but I use vinegar and baking soda. It does the job pretty good too.

  3. I'm glad you posted this, b/c I tried this once with baking soda, but didn't cook the baking soda, and it worked pretty well, with a lot of scrubbing.

  4. I get a strange satisfaction when there is just the right amount of baking powder and water and it makes a crust that lifts off with the burnt stuff... I know... I need a life ��


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