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It happens to all of us.

We have friends over and make a delicious meal. We hang out, chillax and by the time the night is over, there are dishes to be done. We shrug it off and say, "I'll do it tomorrow." Tomorrow comes and BOOM - there is stuck on, hardened food on the freaking pan. Don't waste your time scrubbing!

When I was 8, my aunt showed me a trick that I would use forever!  

Add soap to the pan, just a few squirts.  Add about an inch of water.  Put the soapy water filled pan on the stove and put it on medium high.  Let it "cook" for 5-7 minutes or until the food starts to loosen.  Don't let it boil, keep a close eye.  Just let it simmer and enjoy the aroma of last night's dinner mixed with hints of soap.  

Take your pan and slowly pour the water out into the sink.  With your handy dandy green scotch brite scrubber, wipe the food stuffs off.  It should come off quite easily.  Rinse the pan then wash with soap and a sponge for that extra clean feeling.  

I know this could have been avoided if I had just washed the pan as soon as I was done but I was entertaining and this took no time at all.  

Happy Cleaning!
I have used fabric softener sheet, cut in half and then add into bottom of pan let soak in warm water or soak over night and PRESTO, no hard scrubbing just wash and rinse. Used this method for years with great results
If on the dirty plates you put water with some drops of detergent, after some hours you can rinse them directly, without scrub.

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