A burnt casserole dish with a silver fork brush.

How To Clean Burnt Casserole Dish – With Pictures

My worst nightmare come true (well, one of them, the others include zombies). I know, I know. You’re thinking…here the drama queen goes again! But seriously, I just burnt my casserole dish… again! I’m not sure how it happens; I’ve been having a lot of trouble with burnt food stuck to the bottom and sides of the dishes.

I’m sure it has nothing to do with the steamy romance novel I was reading or me watching yummy tiktok food clips…none at all. But sometimes, even we smarty pants make mistakes. And when that happens, it’s time to break out the trusty ol’ cleaning supplies and get to work.

How to clean burnt casserole dish – Step by step

1. Remove excess foods

A burnt casserole dish placed on a stove top after removing excess burnt food from it.

Using a wooden spoon, remove all excess burnt food from the casserole dish.

2. Rinse dish

Burnt casserole dish placed under hot water and washed using suds.

Rinse the dish with suds and hot water. This will help to loosen the burnt-on food.

3. Apply bicarbonate of soda

Applying a bicarbonate of soda paste to burnt areas on a casserole dish.

Make a paste using bicarbonate of soda and water. Simply mix together equal parts of bicarbonate of soda and water to form a paste and spread it over the burnt areas.

4. Leave paste to work

Bicarbonate of soda applied to burnt areas of casserole dish.

Leave the paste to work for 10-15 minutes, then scrub with a sponge or brush.

5. Scrub paste off dish

Person using a yellow scourer to scrub burnt casserole dish.

Rinse the dish with dishwashing liquid and a scrub to remove any residual food or grease.

6. Wash and rinse dish

A clean casserole dish after washing with clean water.

Wash the dish as usual with dishwashing liquid and hot water.

7. Wipe and let dish dry

Wiped, dry and clean casserole dish after removing burnt marks.

Rinse the dish with hot water and dry it with a clean towel. Casserole is as good as new 🙂

How do you get buildup off of a Pyrex Dish?

Pyrex dishes are safe to use in the oven, microwave, dishwasher, and anywhere else you might need them [1]. But what about when they get dirty? Whether it’s a casserole dish that’s seen too many bake cycles or a serve ware dish that was used for a party and never washed properly, you may find yourself with a Pyrex dish that has baked-on grease or food.

Getting this type of buildup off of your dish can be difficult, but it’s important to clean it thoroughly before using it again. The first step is to soak the dish in hot water for 30 minutes.

A Pyrex dish with traces of burnt marks.

This will help to loosen the food particles and make them easier to remove. Next, use a non-abrasive cleaner like dish soap or bicarb (as you can tell from above I swear by bicarb) to scrub the surface of the dish. Finally, rinse the dish well and dry it with a soft cloth.

With a little bit of effort, you can get your Pyrex dish clean and ready to use again.

BTW – I am aware that some people do not particularly like using baking soda to clean with. If that is you, then read this article: Cleaning a burnt pan without baking soda

How do you care for ceramic cookware?

Ceramic cookware is a beautiful and durable option for the home chef. Because it is non-porous, it does not absorb flavors or odors, making it ideal for cooking delicate dishes. However, ceramic cookware does require special care to prevent chips and cracks. When cleaning, avoid using harsh scrubbers or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the glaze. Instead, opt for mild dish soap and a soft sponge.

If your cookware becomes stained, you can safely use a gentle cleanser like baking soda or vinegar. For best results, always hand-wash your ceramic cookware and dry it immediately after use. With proper care, your ceramic cookware will provide years of trouble-free cooking enjoyment.

Can you use soap on ceramic dishes?

I remember my mom always using dish soap on our ceramic dishes growing up. It seemed like every time I turned around, she was spraying them down and scrubbing them with a soapy sponge. The dishes always came out clean, so I assumed that using dish soap was the best way to get them sparkling. As it happens, when are grew up and I discovered that moms did in fact know best 🙂

Soap is a safe and effective cleanser for ceramic dishes, as long as you rinse the dishes thoroughly afterwards. Ceramic is a non-porous material, which means that it won’t absorb soap molecules the way that porous surfaces like skin or cloth do. This means that soap can effectively clean ceramic without leaving behind a residue.

A kitchen sink filled with dishes, while water and dishwasher fills with basin.

However, it’s important to rinse the dishes thoroughly afterwards, as soap can leave behind a film if it’s not rinsed off completely.

 If you’re concerned about using soap on your ceramic dishes, there are also some alternative cleaners that you can use. Vinegar, for instance, is a natural disinfectant that can effectively clean ceramic without damaging the surface. Simply mix one part vinegar with one part water and use it to scrub your ceramic dishes clean.

You can also use bicarbonate of soda (yes I know I’m obsessed with bicarb soda LOL), which is a gentle abrasive that can help to remove tough stains from ceramic. Just make sure to rinse the dishes thoroughly afterward so that no baking soda residue is left behind (as shown above).

Is ceramic nonstick safe?

For years, Teflon and other nonstick coatings have been the go-to choice for cookware, thanks to their easy-release properties. However, there has been growing concern about the safety of these coatings, particularly when they are heated to high temperatures. Ceramic cookware is often touted as a safer alternative to Teflon, but is it really?

When it comes to safety, ceramic cookware falls somewhere in between Teflon and stainless steel. Unlike Teflon, it is not made with any harmful chemicals. Ceramic cookware is coated with a layer of ceramic, which helps to prevent sticking and makes cleanup a breeze. Ceramic coatings also provide a non-stick surface that is perfect for cooking delicate foods like eggs and fish.

However, there is one potential downside to using ceramic cookware; the possibility of exposure to titanium dioxide fumes [2]. Titanium dioxide is a common ingredient in ceramic coatings, and it can be toxic when inhaled. Fortunately, these fumes are typically only released when the cookware is heated to very high temperatures – well above the temperatures that are used in most home kitchens (temperatures of 500 °C or higher).

As long as you avoid using your ceramic cookware at extremely high heat, you should be able to enjoy all of the benefits of this type of cookware without any health risks.

Benefits of ceramic cookware

A set of blue ceramic cookware with traces of white spots splashed over them.

1. Made from natural materials

This means that it is safe to use and will not release toxins into food. Ceramic cookware is made from a type of clay that is kiln-fired at high temperatures (much like most French onion soup crocks are made). This process gives the cookware a non-porous, glass-like surface that is extremely durable.

In addition, ceramic cookware is often lead and cadmium-free, making it a safer option than other types of cookware.

2. Non-stick and easy to clean

This makes it a convenient option for busy cooks who don’t want to spend a lot of time scrubbing pots and pans.

3. Versatile cookware

It is oven-safe and can be used for a variety of cooking methods. This makes it a versatile option for those who like to experiment with different recipes.

4. Durable and long lasting

This means that it will last for years with proper care.

5. Affordable

This makes it a great option for budget-conscious shoppers. Ceramic cookware also comes in a variety of colors and designs, so it is easy to find a set that fits your kitchen décor.

Utensils for ceramic cookware

A set of utensils that can be used with ceramic cookware.

If you’re looking for new utensils to use with your ceramic cookware, you have a few different options to choose from. Wood is a popular choice, as it’s relatively gentle on ceramic surfaces and won’t scratch the material. However, it’s important to make sure that the wood is properly sealed before using it in order to prevent it from soaking up any moisture from your food.

Another option is silicone, which is also gentle on ceramic and won’t scratch the surface. However, it’s important to check the temperature rating of your silicone utensils before using them, as some types can’t withstand high heat. Finally, metal utensils can be used with ceramic cookware, but they may scratch the surface over time.

If you opt for metal utensils, be sure to avoid using them on non-stick surfaces.

Wrapping up: How to clean burnt casserole dish

Well, there you have it. A few simple steps to help clean that pesky burnt casserole dish (that black gunk seems to defy all odds sometimes #rollingeyes). The smoke in my kitchen caused by these and also my smoking cast iron would definitely make the outside world think I’m communicating with my ancestors on a daily basis (well, maybe I am who knows).

Anyway, I’ll be over here with my trusty bicarb betting that my kitchen disasters will probably top yours any day of the week!

If you would like to prove me wrong feel free to share your kitchen disasters in the comments below. Happy scrubbing!

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Charlene Gallant

Charlene is a lover of good food. She enjoys nothing more than cooking up a storm in the kitchen and sharing her favourite recipes with her readers. She also enjoys reading a good book.

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