to remove baked on food from your baking dishes
Scrape off loose bits of food. Put a couple of tablespoons of dishwasher
detergent in the dish and add hot water. Stir the solution - a small wire whisk
helps. The solution should be so heavy with detergent that it doesn't all quite
dissolve. Leave it overnight. By morning, the baked on food will have lifted
right off the surface of the dish. This works particularly well with glass
baking dishes. Don't use this method on non-stick surfaces.
to remove cooked on cheese (and other fatty foods)
off loose bits of food with a spatula or wipe them off with a paper towel. Then,
blast the cheese with blazingly hot water while scraping with a brush or
spatula. Be careful! What you don't manage to remove leave to the dishwasher.
Leave the brush to the dishwasher, too. It will take care of those gummy bits of
cheese better than thou.
to remove cooked on rice, pasta or other starchy food
of all, if the rice has scorched, remove all the nicely cooked rice to a serving
dish before the scorched food imparts a nasty flavor. Then, soak the pan in cold
water. Cold, not warm, not hot. By the time you finish eating, your pan should
have released the cooked on food. If not, try the method above for removing
blackened, baked on food.
to remove cooked on milk
the cold water method above. Attention Espresso/Cappuccino Machine Owners: You
may know the trick of blowing a shot of steam into a towel and wiping down the
steamer with the cloth to keep it clean. This doesn't work well if the milk has
caked on. Soak the steam wand in a tall glass of cold water to soften the
hardened milk, then wipe with a towel to remove it.