We all have that one sheet pan that has the last 30 meals still clinging to it…it’s supposed to add more flavor, right? Well, maybe it’s time to make dirty sheet pans a thing of the past. Bon Appetit gives us the easiest way to clean the infamous sheet pan.
1. Mix ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar with hot water in the sink. (We prefer Heinz white vinegar and Arm and Hammer baking soda, but this will work with any brands really.) It will bubble up like a school science project, but that reaction is what helps loosen the residue.
2. Make sure your sink is plugged so they stay submerged, and let it soak for 30 minutes to an hour before scrubbing away with a scouring pad, the scrubby side of your sponge, or steel wool. Although steel wool is most likely to scratch your pans, it’s okay. You want them to look well-worn and used, but scrub in even circular motions to make the lines less noticeable.
3. After the scrub-down, wash with regular soap and water to finishing cleaning, and then dry immediately to prevent rust. This process is also a twofer: it helps clean out your drain—which you definitely don’t clean enough—with the combo of baking soda and vinegar. It’s all very easy, but remember to rock dishwashing gloves during this process to save your hands from getting all scratched up by the rough scrubber.
4. Once you get ’em clean and looking (almost) as good as new, you’ll want to maintain that shiny surface. To help prevent that gunky brown residue from building up again, use parchment paper or aluminum foil to cover your sheet pan whenever you’re going to use it.
This “how to” courtesy of Bon Appetit