Card Pot Scraper




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Got stuff stuck to the bottom of your pots?   Don't want to scratch up your nice All-Clad with the green side of a sponge?  Here's a cheap and easy solution:  reuse an old plastic card!

Over the years I've used old student IDs, insurance cards, and the like* - my current pot scraper is an expired Duane Reade savings card.  Here's how it works.

*I recommend against using your old credit cards for security reasons, though anyone who's willing to do your dishes is probably trustworthy.

Step 1: Find a Card

This should be easy - you've probably got an old card knocking about in your wallet right now. 

Step 2: Scrape Pot

Here I'm cleaning chicken stock-making gunk off of my favorite Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker.

Use the edge of your card to scrape the bottom and sides of the pot.  Curve it a bit - this will give you an even sharper edge to really work the burned-on bits.  The corners of the card are great for scraping the curve of straight-sided pots. 

Knock a bunch of gunk off the pot, rinse, and repeat! 

I find it helpful to leave a bit of water in the pot to facilitate scraping.  For really burned-on food, cover the burned area with hot water and a bit of dish soap and let it sit for a few minutes to overnight, then scrape.  Repeat as necessary until pot is clean.

Step 3: Rinse, Dry, and Put Away

Hooray, you've got a clean pot!

Nice job.  Return your card to the sink to await your next cooking disaster.



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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Oh man! I made pulled pork in an extended stay hotel room the other day and probably ruined the pan the it was cooking in because there was so much stuff stuck to the bottom, and i could have just used the room card to get it off! Oh well...


    9 years ago on Introduction

    One gets these cards for memberships to clubs we don't want to belong to....I have a special wallet I keep with me on trips filled with these case I would get held up,  or pick pocketed...that is the wallet they'd get.   Junk cards....but I have so many of them, this is a great idea too. 


    9 years ago on Introduction

     You should leave one corner as is, then curve the other three to various radius' so it can tackle a wider range of pan curvatures! 

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