First, heat 1 cup of water in the pan. Then, pour out the water and wipe it down with a restoring sponge. For cleaning the exterior use baking soda and water. If you’re dealing with stubborn stains, use white vinegar.
If you own GreenPan non-stick cookware, you might think nothing will ever stick or burn to it. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. At some point, it will happen.
That’s where this article kicks in and saves you time and headaches. Let’s learn how to clean and maintain GreenPan properly and prevent future disasters.
How To Clean Burnt GreenPan: Step By Step Guide
You can easily clean your GreenPan with a soft-bristled brush or restoring sponge and lukewarm, soapy water. The best part? It’s dishwasher safe!
The official website of GreenPan says you should avoid steel wool, iron sponges, and abrasive detergents.
Moreover, you should never rinse a hot pan under cold water. Otherwise, you’re risking a thermal shock and potential damage.
Cleaning the Burnt Interior of a GreenPan
To clean the interior of a burnt GreenPan you will need hot water and a soft sponge that won’t cause any further damage such as GreenPan’s restoring sponge.
Fill your burnt pan halfway with plain water.
Bring the water to a boil on your stovetop on medium heat.
Pour the boiling water out into the drain.
Put your pan on a stable, heat-safe surface. Then, gently wipe the interior of your pan using a soft sponge that won’t cause damage such as GreenPan’s restoring sponge. It’s one of the best sponges for cleaning cookware because it’s made of melamine.
Once all the residue is removed, give your GreenPan one last rinse with water and let it air dry.
Cleaning the Burnt Exterior of a GreenPan
To clean the exterior of a burnt GreenPan you will need baking soda, water, a sponge or clean cloth, white vinegar, and paper towels.
Mix 1 cup of baking soda with plain water and make a paste.
Rub the baking soda and water paste onto the affected areas of your pan’s exterior with a clean cloth or dish sponge.
Rinse your GreenPan with white vinegar. You can also soak a paper towel or clean towel in white vinegar and place it over the baking soda paste.
If you’re dealing with tough stains, let the dampened white vinegar paper towel or clean towel sit for about 15 minutes before wiping it away.
Rinse your GreenPan one last time and let it air dry.
Extra Cooking, Cleaning & Maintenance Tips
The following cooking, cleaning, and maintenance tips can help you get the best out of your GreenPan, so definitely take a look and take notes!
Use Low-Med Heat For The Best Results
The patented Thermolon coating of GreenPan spreads heat more evenly and effectively than regular coatings. So, you don’t need high heat to cook a steak. In fact, using low or medium heat can provide excellent results.
Silicone And Wood Utensils Work Best With GreenPan
To extend the life of your GreenPan and use it for years, use softer tools like silicone or wood utensils. They will help your pan’s coating last a lot longer.
Avoid Spray Oils As They Can Cause Damage
Spray oils use a propellant that causes damage to non-stick coatings so avoid them and use high-smoke point oils or butter instead.
Not only will you protect your cookware when cooking with high heat but also get tastier food because everything tastes better with oil or butter.
Wash Your GreenPan Right After Every Use
Cleaning GreenPan is a breeze! You should clean your pan right after every use with a soft-bristled brush or soft sponge and lukewarm, soapy water.
That way, nothing that’s sticky will stay on your pan and turn into a stubborn stain. If you don’t like handwashing, you can wash it in the dishwasher as it’s dishwasher-safe.
The official website advises against using iron sponges, steel wool, abrasive detergents, or anything that can cause damage to the coating.
Always Let Your GreenPan Cool Down Before Washing
Instead of rinsing or washing your pan while it’s still hot and inducing a thermal shock, let it cool down completely. That way, you will prevent shattered lids and other damages.
Use A Pan Protector
Lastly, I suggest that you invest in a pan protector for your GreenPan. It’s a cushy pad that will keep it safe from getting damaged by other pans in your cabinets.
Proper usage and safe storage will keep your GreenPan in a good condition for a long time.
Are GreenPans Non-Stick?
GreenPan cookware comes in different models, colors, and styles, and they’re labeled as “non-stick”.
In fact, GreenPan has a patented Thermolon coating that not only prevents food from sticking but also spreads heat more evenly and effectively than regular coatings.
Why is my GreenPan Sticking?
GreenPan cookware has a non-stick coating, but sometimes food can still burn or stick to the pan on high heat.
That’s why GreenPan suggests that you use their pan at low-medium heat for the best results.
Moreover, using spray oils with a low smoke point can cause your food to burn and stick to the pan. Therefore, you should avoid spray oils and use oils with a high smoke point such as peanut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, etc.
Last but not least, frequent use of spray oils on numerous scratches can help the whole coating deteriorate over time.
The official website claims that you can still safely cook with a few scratches and dents, although the coating will be as good as it was in the beginning.
Do You Need to Season a GreenPan?
People usually season their pans to bake fat or oil onto the surface of it so they can get a non-stick coating. You don’t need to do that with GreenPan cookware.
It’s already loaded with a ceramic, non-stick coating. The only thing you need to use to evenly distribute the heat and make your food tastier is butter or oil with a high smoke point.
Why Does My GreenPan Smell?
Most GreenPan cookware is oven-safe but some models can take high heat exposure better than others over time.
Moreover, most models have stainless steel handles that can handle up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
Others have Bakelite or silicone comfort grip handle insulations. They’re still oven-safe, but they also have a lower temperature tolerance (320-400 degrees Fahrenheit).
So, they will start to discolor over time and develop a smell as they get compromised by high heat exposure. That’s why your GreenPan might release a smell over a long period of usage.
Note that some GreenPan cookware has wood handles that aren’t oven-safe. And if you use this cookware in the oven, the handles will likely get damaged and develop a smell.
Can I Wash my GreenPan in the Dishwasher?
Most GreenPan cookware is dishwasher-safe. Therefore, you can easily wash your GreenPan in the dishwasher. Always read the care instructions on the packaging.
It’s important to mention that the company suggests that people wash their cookware by hand. That way, they will preserve the quality of the non-stick coating and make it last longer.
If you still opt for the dishwasher, another thing you should consider is the handle type of your pan. If it’s a pan with silicone, stainless steel, and Bakelite handles can handle the high heat of your dishwasher as well as the water exposure.
Wood handles can’t handle these things. In fact, heat and water exposure can compromise the quality of the wood handles and speed deterioration, so it’s best to wash the cookware with wood handles by hand.
Can I use a GreenPan that is Scratched Up?
Traditional non-stick coatings can be dangerous to use if they’re compromised (they’re scratched or bubble up). This isn’t the case with GreenPan cookware.
You can still safely cook with your GreenPan cookware even if the coating has a few scratches or dents.
The ceramic coating of GreenPan is high-heat tolerant and doesn’t release any toxins. So, don’t worry if you notice scratches or dents on your GreenPan cookware.
Make sure you don’t cause further damage. You can prevent this from happening by using silicone, wood, bamboo, or nylon utensils instead of metal ones and oils with a high smoke point or butter instead of spray oils.
FAQs On How To Clean Burnt GreenPan
What is a GreenPan Restoring Sponge? Should I Use One?
Fats and oils will eventually get burnt onto your cookware. It’s a normal process known as carbonization. GreenPan has created a unique restoring sponge made of melamine. You can use it to easily dampen and remove burnt fats and oils from your cookware.
Can I Use a Magic Eraser on GreenPan?
The magic eraser is another melamine sponge that can help you remove burnt fats and oils from your cookware. Use light pressure and lukewarm water with your Magic Eraser and take off the carbonized layer of fats and oils from your GreenPan.