GIVE YOUR BAKING SHEETS A DEEP CLEAN!
This time of year, when roasted vegetables and festive cookies happen by the bushel, baking sheets and pans deserve a round of applause. Whether you line with parchment or foil, grease with butter or cooking spray, after dozens of trips through the oven, most sheet pans manage to be caked in all manner of sticky, charred gunk. This holiday season, give your baking sheets a spa day by learning how to clean them properly.
Begin with washing the baking sheet or pan by hand as you typically would with Boulder Clean Liquid Dish Soap. This will remove most of the food particles and grease on the pan, as well as any loosely caked-on charred bits.
Next up, make a paste of baking soda and white vinegar. The paste should be a similar texture to watery toothpaste or a creamy salad dressing. Spread the paste on the sheet pan, paying careful attention to the grossest areas. If you have a jar of Bar Keepers Friend or some comparable cleansing powder, sprinkle on the powder over the wet pan liberally. If, like me, you live in a small apartment with a kitchen sink that barely fits dinner plates, let alone sheet pans, this step may need to be done in a clean (again—a clean) bathtub.