I accidentally let the pot get too dry and burnt the food, how can I clean it?

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If you have accidentally burnt food, it can be cleaned off completely and used for cooking once again.  Here is how you can do this:

Wet the pot thoroughly on the inside and out, sprinkle baking soda and spread it all over the surface of the pot with your hand or sponge.  Scrub and remove any burnt food residue by scraping with a metal spoon or a metal scrubber if need be.  Rinse the pot out and inspect it on the inside to see if any food is still stuck to the bottom.  If there is no food your pot is ready to be used again – wipe it dry with a cotton cloth and set it on the stove to cook or if you need to put it away, store it away in a dry and open place: on the stove top or on the counter top, etc.

Upon inspection if you still find some food residue, try to remove it by scrubbing with a metal spoon.  Please note that the black stain will remain but any food residue should come off with the scrubbing.  If you’re having a hard time getting the food out, pour 1-2 cups of hot water in the pot (the water can be from the hot water faucet), let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then try scraping the food off, it should come off this way.