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Cookie sheet pans are essential kitchen tools that can provide a world of flexibility for the home cook. The thin, wide design of these pans make them ideal for a variety of uses, from baking cookies and pizza to roasting vegetables and meat. They can even be placed under other cooking vessels, like pie pans, to catch any spillover that might otherwise make a mess in the oven.
But if there’s one downside to cookie pans, it’s that they can get dirty very easily. Greasy splatters, sticky sugars, and other drippings can turn into scorched-on messes that can quickly ruin the pan if they aren’t cleaned properly.
Knowing how to clean cookie sheets will help keep them as clean as possible and prevent them from rusting between uses. Here are five simple techniques that can help you keep your cookie sheet pans looking like new.
Baking soda is something that every kitchen has in the pantry because it has many uses besides baking. This cheap, no-scrub solution also happens to be one of the easiest and best ways to clean baking sheet pans.
To get burned on messes off your pans, pour hot water onto the pan and sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda over it. Allow the mixture to sit for an hour and then use a soft cloth to wipe away the debris. Follow that up by hand-washing the sheet pan using warm water and mild dish soap, rinse the pan clean, and dry it using a clean towel.
While baking soda works great, some messes can be more than it can handle by itself. For tougher messes, baking soda and vinegar can be more effective. This combo works because baking soda works by lifting the debris while vinegar is a natural acid that can tackle the more suborn baked-on messes.
To use this powerful cleaning combo on a sheet pan that doesn’t have a non-stick coating, fill your kitchen sink with hot water and pour in a half-cup of baking soda and a half-cup of vinegar. Submerge the cookie sheet in the water and let it soak for 30 to 60 minutes. Then scrub the pan using the abrasive side of a basic kitchen sponge.
To clean non-stick sheet pans, you will want to cover the baking pan with 2 tsp. baking soda and 1 cup vinegar and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. After the half-hour, wipe the lifted debris away using warm water and a soft rag. Once the scorched mess is gone, wash the pan with mild dish soap, rinse, and dry thoroughly.
For seriously scorched-on messes, it is recommended to soak the sheet pan overnight in a mixture of 1 tbsp. baking soda, a few drops of dish soap, and hot water. The following day, the stains and debris should be easy to wipe away. Follow this up by washing the pan using a mild dish soap, rinsing, and drying.
Hydrogen peroxide is another thing that most households already have that can also be used along with baking soda to clean cookie sheet pans. To use this combo, start by sprinkling baking soda on the pan, then pour hydrogen peroxide over it and then add another layer of baking soda. Allow the mixture to sit on the pan for no less than two hours. Next, use a sponge to wipe away the debris. For tougher stains, you can repeat the process. Once all the debris is gone, rinse the baking sheet well, wash it with mild dish soap, and then rinse and dry.
It is important to note that peroxide is not a food-grade product, and it does have bleaching properties. For these reasons, you should try the previous options first. And if you choose to use this method, you should test the peroxide on an inconspicuous spot on the pan to make sure it doesn’t react with the metal.
Even though you now know how to clean cookie sheet pans properly, you may still find your attempts prove unsuccessful. In this case, the pans are most likely beyond the point of saving and it is time to purchase new cookie pans. Luckily, Michael Graves Design has cookie sheet pans in a range of sizes. All our pans are made from durable 0.5 mm carbon steel that not only makes them long-lasting and easy to clean, but also makes sure your food bakes evenly and browns beautifully.