Baking soda. Baking soda . Baking soda. It is part of the reason our cookies puff up when baking. It absorbs oils from the greasy hairs on our heads when there is no dry-shampoo to be found. Baking soda is an excellent skin softener and exfoliant. It is an odor eater. The list goes on and on for this magic multipurpose ingredient. We should pay it more attention.
Last week I read a lady threw out her pot after making caramel. All she had to do was boil soapy water in said pot. Wait for the water slightly cool to a touchable temperature and then scrub to remove the now warm caramel from her favorite pot instead of tossing the pot into the garbage. I did a tip on this after a final project involving many rounds of caramel making. Boil To Clean: The Stickiest of the Stickiest. I wish I could have shared this tip with her before she threw out that pot. So, before you go throwing out pots coated with caramel and baking sheets with crusty grease and grime, keep reading.
My lovely TikTok obsessed niece sent me a video. The clouds parted and rays of sunlight shown down as I watched. All I needed was (you guessed it) baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to clean my sheet pans. Let the sheet pans sit overnight (at least eight hours) coated in the bubbling baking soda hydrogen peroxide mixture. Scrub lightly and wash normally. Normally with warm soap and water. The result? Shiny baking sheets at your service.
Tatum’s Tuesday Tips: Don’t throw away your pots and pans. Keep your sheet pans shiny with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Pass it on.