Cheap and Easy Solution for Burnt on Sugar: Vinegar
It's a miracle! I happened to make some caramels for Christmas this year, and I burnt the first batch. (Incidentally, the second batch turned out great.) This left my stainless steel pan caked with burnt sugar. I tried boiling water on the stove. It didn't work. I tried letting it soak overnight with dish detergent and water in it. No luck. I also tried a scouring pad. Again, a failure. Then I put enough vinegar in the pan to coat the bottom of it and I let it soak overnight. The next day I thought, "Well, this failed too, as none of the residue lifted." So I poured out the vinegar and left the pot for more tending after work. I never rinsed the pot out! When I arrived home the burnt sugar had lifted from the pan and it was perfectly clean. I just had to open up the trash and throw away the dried up burnt sugar. So, to clean burnt on sugar:
I'm not sure why this worked, however, it is a great trick! :) Good luck with your pan!
- Pour enough vinegar in a pan to cover the affected area (the burnt sugar);
- Let the vinegar sit overnight;
- Pour out the vinegar in the morning;
- DO NOT RINSE THE PAN; and
- Let the remaining vinegar and sugar dry; and
- It should fall right off the pan.