When we got married a few years ago we received some really nice All Clad and Cuisinart stainless steel cookware. I thought I'd look like a bad ass in the kitchen with my snazzy pots and pan. Exactly 1 fried egg later, approximately 100% of our cookware looked like the above. I chalked it up to the fact that I cook like a maniac and was probably being too hard on my pans. From time to time, over the years, I'd attempt to roll up my sleeves and scrub the shit out of a pan using soap, hot water, and steel wool. This would often result in a slightly less grimy pan and me shaking my scalded, pruned fist at the sky screaming "WHY?!"
My husband, cooks only two things very well. Eggs that look like they came from a hotel and the bottom of my shiny frying pans. This is not a complaint, but it is what finally motivated me to do something about my sad, pitiful, disgusting frying pans. A single fucking Google search yielded the answer to the question that I have been asking for three god damn years. How do I get my pots and pans clean?
Enter Bar Keepers Friend. You can buy it at Crate and Barrel, or if you, like me, have no compunction about handing your money over to the deadened souls of American corporate you can just buy it at Walmart. It costs less than $3 and has saved me from melting my fingerprints off in hot water. So totally worth it.
During this rehab project I tried a few different sponges, but had the best luck with this guy. It did the job well and without scratching up my pans.
First I got my pan wet and gave it a hearty sprinkle of Bar Keepers Friend. Then I used the scrubby side of the sponge and created a paste, moving in circular motions.
Full disclosure, this project did take me a while. I'd say maybe four hours total. But, dude, my pans where in horrible shape. I imagine that keeping them clean should be a substantially easier task since my discovery of Bar Keepers Friend.