Two Tricks for Fast Breakfast Clean Up

Two things I love for breakfast are a cafe au lait and scrambled eggs. Two things I hate are cleaning the pan I use for warming the milk and the one I use for cooking the eggs. Milk and egg residue seem to be resistant to hot water, to vigorous scrubbing, even to prolonged soaking. My mornings used to a be a dishwashing battle until I discovered two tricks that make clean up a breeze!

To get rid of milk residue: Fill the pan with water and bring the water to a boil. Drop in a generous spoonful or two of baking soda to create a burst of foam, turn down the heat and let it simmer for a few moments. You can also use this trick to clean up old burnt and stained pans.

To get rid of egg residue: Fill the pan with hot water and add in a few good sloshes of vinegar (I use apple cider or white vinegar but any vinegar will do). The egg residue should now come up with minimal effort.

(Image: Abigail Stone)

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