Go ahead and get your shiny new pie plate dirty: We know exactly how to fix it.
Porcelain is, by far, our favorite type of bakeware. Both thermal shock resistant and oven safe up to 650F, this dainty-looking material is much tougher than it looks. That said, porcelain still needs to be treated gently—particularly when it comes to washing.
Thankfully, you won’t need much elbow grease to clean these naturally non stick, dishwasher-safe pieces. Here are some of our favorite methods, ranging from a quick scrub with our Ceramic Cleaner (our go-to) to a soak with warm, soapy water.
Even before we jump in with soap and water, our first move is to grab a bottle of our Ceramic Cleaner. Specially formulated for cleaning our bakeware, this cleaner cuts through stains, grease, and burnt-on batter like a pro. Simply pour a small amount of the cleaner onto your bakeware, then scrub with the soft side of a sponge, rinse, and dry.
Bonus: This also works great on both our Plateware and Enameled Cast Iron Collections.
Don’t have a bottle of Ceramic Cleaner on hand? No problem—a quick scrub with warm water and a drop of dish soap should work nearly as well. If the mess still won’t budge, try soaking your pan with warm water and soap. After about ten minutes, any remaining grime should have loosened enough to scrape off with a wooden spatula, spoon, or sponge. Dump the water, then rinse and dry.
If your pan’s still not completely clean after trying the above methods, it’s time to break out two of our favorite pantry cleaners: baking soda and vinegar.
Baking soda is slightly abrasive, making it an effective tool for cleaning burnt or stained porcelain bakeware. Sprinkle a little baking soda onto the surface of the pan, add a few drops of dish soap, then fill the pan with warm water. Allow to soak for 15–20 minutes before gently scraping the stained or dirty areas with a non-metal spatula or spoon, or with the soft side of a sponge. Rinse and dry.
If you’re still struggling to clean your pan, try combining baking soda with vinegar. The mixture will create carbon dioxide bubbles, which can help further dislodge burnt food and oil.
First, sprinkle baking soda onto the affected areas of your pan, then pour on a small amount of distilled white vinegar. While the mixture is still foamy, scrub the pan thoroughly, then rinse and dry.
Don’t let the prospect of cleaning up stop you from using your porcelain bakeware. We can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find a method that works for you—even if it requires a little experimentation. The payoff? You get to make killer homemade baked goods—like Bourbon Sticky Buns—whenever you want.