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How To Clean Sheet Pans


How to clean sheet pans? What is the best
way to clean sheet pans, whether they are aluminum or stainless steel. Some people
call them cookie sheets. Well what is the best way to clean a sheet pan? well for
years I have been using an overlooked product that’s readily available in the
grocery store, and by the way it’s not dryer sheets. But I have been using a
product that when you see it you’ll say, why didn’t I think of that? And I’m gonna
share that with you, coming up! Hi folks it’s Mike with
Kitchen Tips Online, your one-stop shop for the best kitchen tips and tricks,
online! And if you have a tip that you would like to share, just put it in the
comment section below this video. It doesn’t have to be about sheet pans or
cleaning, but if you have a kitchen tip or trick that you would like to share,
let us know in the comment section. And if we use it in a future video, we’ll
give you a shout out so that even your dog will be proud of you. Now if you do a
search for how to clean sheet pans, or what is the best way to clean sheet pans,
you’ll get a wide variety of ideas that range from using dryer sheets, to baking
soda, and hydrogen peroxide. On this video, we’re gonna take a different approach. I
borrowed this pan from a neighbor and as you can see it has some pretty baked on
grime or grit, dirt or whatever you want to call it it. Also has some
oxidation in it from having been in the dishwasher. Well we’re going to clean
half of this pan using the method that I have been using for years and we’re
going to show you how to get this half of the pan, as spotless as this half of
the pan. As you can see from the picture on your screen, the pan that I decided to
clean is absolutely filthy, with caked burnt on, I don’t even know what that is!
In my experience baking soda or dryer sheets just won’t
remove this kind of heavy baked-on crud. Now the first thing we want to do is put
the sheet pan in the sink and give it a good spray with our cleaning solution. I
am only going to clean half this pan so that you can see the contrast between
the clean and dirty side. Next we will let the sheet pan rest in the
sink for about 15 minutes. After 15 or 20 minutes you want to take an SOS pad or a
brillo pad, and scrub off the remaining sticky stuff. And because this sheet pan
is very filthy with burnt on food, it’s going to take a little bit of extra
elbow grease to get it clean. Now all we need to do is take some hot water and
rinse this pan clean and then take some regular dish detergent and rinse off any
of the leftover residue. As you can see the pan is nice and clean
and almost new looking on one side. Now the reason I waited to show you exactly
what it is I use is because I use a product that some folks might consider
controversial. I use Easy Off oven cleaner and have been using it with
no problems for about 25 years. The manufacturer of Easy Off says they don’t
recommend using it on aluminum because it may pit it or cause discoloration. But
that has never been my experience because I only leave it on about 15 or
20 minutes. And also I rinse it thoroughly with soap and water so that
the pan is nice and clean. If you have a method of cleaning your sheet pans that
you would like to share, please tell us in the comment section. Well there you go
folks now you know how to get your sheet pans or cookie sheets as clean as the
day you bought them. Now if you think we did a good job here, a thumbs up would be
appreciated. And if you’re not a subscriber and you’d like to see more
videos like this, I recommend you subscribe. Thanks for watching ♥

Glenn Chapman

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  2. This is a fantastic tip! Thanks for sharing it! Now, do you know how to unplug a kitchen drain without using harsh chemicals or even a plunger? Fill your kettle with water and bring it to a boil. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda plus 1cup of white vinegar down the plugged or slow drain. Then pour the boiling water carefully to make sure it doesn't splash on your face. Bring another full kettle of water to a boil. After 5 to 10 minutes the drain should be clearer and the boiling water should go down easily. Most of the time kitchen drains are plugged with grease. The ingredients I use are great at dissolving grunge and grease. Try this method and see if works for you. Good luck!

  3. Here's one tip that isn't for baking sheets. I spray my plastic food containers, and lids with Pam cooking spray, before I put anything with tomato sauce, or barbecue sauce in them. It makes them less likely to stain, and easier to clean.

  4. I use awsome spray and leaving on for 5 minutes then was in it off and everything comes out clean it's amazing!

  5. Works on cast iron pan restoration. Spray heavily, put it in a trash bag for a couple days and it washes off. Re-season

  6. I would like to see him clean a really old baked after baked steel sheet.

  7. You might already know this, but here goes.Little lazy cleaning microwave? Put a cup of water in microwave, heat past boiling, until steam in oven.Then carefully, with a potholder, take out boiling water. ( I pour over dishes to sterilize, and not waste water.Then take a couple of paper towels, and wipe out all dried, crusty junk.Easy peasy, let the steam work for you.I work real hard to make my life easy, lol.

  8. I wish we could get a better look at your pot holder, it looks so amazing !!!

  9. I do this too and also use it on the oven racks, which can become very grungy. But it is important to NEVER do this indoors. Unless they have changed the formula, the spray is harmful to lungs, so do it outside and rinse it off with the hose–and not on the grass because it will kill the grass. Thanks.

  10. I thought you would say lemon, vinnegar, lemonvinnegar or Coca cola(this last one is good for soaking of rust)

  11. Easy off cleans the scum off of shower walls. It works like a charm.
    Great clip. I'm definitely trying this method.๐Ÿ’ฏ

  12. Hi. Haven't watched you before but found your advice helpful for future events. Just as a further idea I spray my pots and pans, stainless steel, with vinegar after I wash them. Takes out residue left and makes them shiney. No scrubbing and don't add water.
    Also I had a stain at the back of my stainless steel sink. Could not get it out with anything I tried. Then I used coconut oil. Ha! Came out first try. Pass it on it was sure a blessing to me. Thanks for what your doing.

  13. "I got this pan from my neighbor" looks like chefs live close to each other in case something needs to be cleaned ๐Ÿ˜‰. I thought your neighbor might of been Julia Child but she's gone.

  14. I use easy off to clean my glass casserole dishes. I also used it on ceramic flower pots. You know how bad water residue cakes on these pots. I put them in my garage and put layers of paper under them spray with easy off an leave overnight. I then rinse them and wash in detergent and viola clean flower pots.

  15. I use my power washer. I lay the water out in the sun to get HOTwater then I clean the pans

  16. I also clean my pots aluminum and stainless steel pots pans. You can also clean your bathtub , sink and toilet with non toxic easy off. I use a strong hair broom to scrub walls and tub instead of bending you will get great result. Let the easy off sit for half an hour and make sure you open the window for circulation or fan.

  17. @Kitchen Tips Online. Tip for stains: Take dawn fish soap bakimg soad make a paste mix and them add vinegar and set for 5 minutes. Its good for stains fresh and set in stains. For set in stains let stain remover sit for longer

  18. Hi! Would this work on glass casserole dish? Mine is black with caked on gunk ๐Ÿ™

  19. Hi Chef! new subscriber is here. Does it safe to use as well in a plastic kitchen ware that has a deep stained buildup of grease? thank you in advance for any answer that i will receive.

  20. This is grwat !! I knew from the beginning cause I've been using Easy for this solution for over 40 years. And many other non recognized applications. I advise rubber gloves and safety glasses cause this stuff is Billy-hell costic and will trash your eyes and any skin it contacts. Hell, I even use it on cleaning jobs on my tractors. Good video and advice. Dan

  21. After watching this you not only have a new subscriber but at 1am I have the urge to go clean my 25+ yr old kettle that looks like a bomb went off on it….lol !!! Thank you !!
    Hugs from Texas๐Ÿ’œ

  22. This method has worked for me too, however, just recently. I used it on a toaster oven baking tray. It was thin – a lot thinner than the baking sheets used in this video, and it destroyed the colour of the tray. Looked like the cleaner penetrated the metal. The shine was gone. I donโ€™t know anything about different metals – I donโ€™t know why it destroyed that one. Iโ€™m assuming the ones in this video are aluminum.

  23. Get that sheet cleaned up…๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  24. Hey I gave you a thumbs up and subscribe I appreciate the information and your video

  25. A media blast cabinet lol but most home cooks don't have access to or knowledge on how to use one plus it's rough on the pans especially aluminum

  26. I give the oven cleaner a light mist of water after 10 minutes soak time, as the cleaning ability of the oven cleaner dissipates as the moisture in it evaporates.

  27. I knew it was easy off seconds into you spraying it! Been using it also for 30 plus years. I leave it on overnight and it wipes clean. Then I wash with dish soap and done. No scrubbing. Love it! So glad so many support this video, you did a great job showing and explaining step by step. The first video I've seen of you and I'm subscribing.

  28. You can use a dremel with a wire wheel attachment for the edges and corner and creases. Medium low rpm though.

  29. The first time I heard someone use the term 'sheet pan' on the TV I thought she was saying 'sheep pen' and I assumed it was because the edges held all the veggies on, lol. In the UK we call it a baking sheet. You did a good job cleaning that

  30. I used Easy Off to clean the EGR valve on my Civic. Like the video says if you don't leave in on long it does no harm to aluminum.

  31. I clean them with coffee. Yes , my left over coffee. Pour it on the pan, for about 20 minutes. Same results๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค—

  32. So, here is the best way to keep from having your hands smell like onions or garlic, etc., after cutting them… without wearing gloves.

    Before cutting, liberally rub salad oil or shortening into your hands until it is absorbed. Lightly dry your knife hand. This creates a barrier that prevents the onion/garlic oils from being absorbed into your skin. I learned that method, at age 13, in the mid 1960's, when working in an exclusive country club in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe! I have used it ever since!

  33. Or you could just go to the dollar store and pick up a new one for a couple of bucks.

  34. Thank you. Thank you very much. I can't believe how easy that was. It's not just for the oven. But for cleaning pot's, & pan's.. p.s. – You have a new subscriber. Keep up the great work..

  35. Thx for this! Gonna try it, as I have toaster oven pans that don't like to be cleaned.

  36. It would better to wash with vinegar to neutralized the EasyOff chemicals and the finish with dish soap. Never thought about cleaning the sheet pans with easy off.

  37. I've worked very hard to get my sheet pans uniformly black with a natural non stick carbon coating..

  38. If the owner of the sheet pan had used a Brillo and soap initially that pan would not have been so dirty

  39. I use it for cleaning my Chrome tips on My Hotrod that's exhaust system if you don't know

  40. Sandblasting is a lot faster followed by a big grinding wheel.
    I use a chisel and a dremel for those hard to reach corners. When it's really bad I put the pan in my kiln and take it up to 1000 degrees.

  41. I have a microwave oven cleaning tip. Put a microwave safe cup or bowl in the microwave with water (can add a little vinegar to the water as well) and bring it to a boil. Leave it in the microwave for several minutes and then, when you take it out, the steam has softened all the food bits on the door and walls and it is easy to wipe clean.

  42. That looks like a great tip. I cannot use oven cleaner anymore because I cannot breathe when near it. I have used the SOS pad trick and Comet cleanser for years. Thanks for the video. Have a great week.

  43. Literally.. Just 20 minutes ago I tried to clean my cookie sheet. Gave up within 2 minutes. Finished my dishes, sat down, opened YouTube and BAM! Problem solved ๐Ÿ‘Œ Thanks

  44. Nice tip, but I have an even easier way. Use the self-cleaning feature on your oven. Put all your dirty cookie sheets in the oven when the oven needs cleaning, and everything comes clean, killing two birds with one stone. And with no effort!

  45. The Walmart Brand is best. There are Two versions. Look at ingredients. Don't buy fume free. Get the one that has Lye. Much stronger!

  46. Done this for years, too. Works great and I have never had a problem with it either.

  47. Thanks for this! I have pizza pans that I had given up on.
    Now, can I use it to clean barbeque grates??

  48. I use citric acid and let soak for 24 hours, rinse and go. But I use only stainless steel pans. I have cronic lymphoma lukemia so I stay away form harsh chemicals.

  49. I've been using oven cleaner on my broiler pans for years. I also use my dishwasher to clean motorcycle parts. DISCLAIMER: My dishwasher is almost 40 years old, I'm single, and I always wash my dishes by hand=8^)

  50. Given the chemical composition of the oven cleaner, if you rinse (after the thorough cleaning) with vinegar, you should be all good as vinegar neutralises it, plus you cleaned without gloves, I would definitely get some vinegar on my hands as well.

  51. Would that work with any oven cleaner as we do not have that product in South Africa.

  52. My mother taught me this over 40 years ago. She could not read or write but she had a lot of common sense. She figured if oven clean could clean a greasy oven why not grease baked pans. Works all the time BUT warning if you leave it on to long it WILL put and discolor.

  53. You can also clean your oven racks and exhaust fan screen with it. Does a fantastic job!

  54. With new pans of any kind use soap cold water soak, then wash/scrub. That will eliminate build up. This seems good fir older pans.
    Also, please use rubber gloves not bare hands to touch oven cleaner or when using Brillo pads. Iโ€™ve had steel wool bits stick in my fingers like slivers. Also will cause temporary damage to hands. Menโ€™s hands are tougher.
    My years old glass casserole baking dishes are like brand new using cold water soap method. A soft sponge with green ๐Ÿงฝ on opposite sides gets any difficult areas. Or magic eraser or use vim at times. Havenโ€™t use SOS or Brillo in years.

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