The steak pan is a kitchen utensil that allows us to bring tasty but light dishes to the table without the addition of oil, butter or other fats.
Too bad, though, that it easily tends to get encrusted and what a struggle, then, to wash it after using it! But not for us! Today, in fact, we will see together how to clean the steak pan with natural ingredients without ruining it!
The first remedy we recommend is to use white vinegar, which is known for its cleaning, degreasing and descaling properties. All you will have to do, then, is fill the steak pan with very hot water and add, then, half a glass of vinegar. At this point, let it soak for a few hours or overnight time for the mixture to soften the encrustation, after which you gently scrub it with a sponge or a special brush: your steak pan will be as good as new!
Another very effective ingredient in these cases is baking soda, whose mild abrasive action is a godsend for removing fouling. We remind you, in fact, that it can also be used to remove grease from the stovetop! Mix, then, a handful of baking soda with plain water until you get a sort of paste-like mixture, after which you apply it to the fouling present on the steak pan and let it act for a while. Finally, wipe it off with a sponge ever so gently and rinse! The fouling will be just a bad memory!
Lemon and salt
After vinegar and baking soda, lemon and salt, which are two ingredients with strong cleaning properties, could not be missing from the roll call. Sprinkle, therefore, the encrustation with salt after which pour lemon juice over it and leave it until it dries. At this point, scrub and rinse thoroughly until the encrustation is gone. Also, as if that were not enough, you can also scrub with a lemon sponge! All you have to do is cut half a lemon, dip it into the salt, wait for it to soften and rub it, then, on the fouling!
N.B Remember not to rub too hard, as the salt granules may scratch the steak pan. For the same reason, let the salt soften well when using the lemon sponge.
This may sound like a rather wacky remedy, yet olive oil can not only polish surfaces, such as steel and wood, but also degrease away stubborn dirt! Pour, then, a few drops of oil on the encrustation and cover it, then, with a double-strength napkin. After that, let it sit for a while, remove the napkin and wipe to complete the cleaning of the steak pan. Finally, complete the scrubbing with baking soda or vinegar to prevent traces of grease from remaining on the steak pan.
Finally, let’s look together at one last remedy: coffee grounds, which have a mild abrasive action that can remove even difficult encrustations from cookware! Sprinkle, then, the encrustation with the grounds and pour over, then, boiling water. At this point, wait a few hours to degrease everything and then go to scrubbing.
How to always have it as good as new
Having seen how to clean the steak pan immediately after using it, let’s now see together how to avoid ruining it and how to always have it as good as new! First of all, avoid using retina sponge or steel wool, as they tend to scratch the surface and remove the protective coating of the steak pan.
Therefore, use soft or mildly abrasive sponges, such as a lemon sponge. In addition, it would be good to avoid very high temperatures, especially in the case of steak pans with nonstick coating, since it could be damaged, unlike cast iron, which seems to be more resistant.
Finally, please remember not to wash your steak pan in the dishwasher to avoid removing the protective coating and deteriorating the surface.
We remind you to try the remedies described earlier in unseen corners so as to make sure you do not damage the elements. In case of electrical devices, always unplug them to clean safely.