How to Clean Aluminum Baking Sheets
Making cookies and other baked goodies is fun and fulfilling. Very few things in life can ever replace the warm smiles and heartfelt compliments you get for filling others’ appetites with your sumptuous baked items. While baking is fun, taking care of the cookie and baking sheets can be quite bothersome for some people. This is especially true if you haven’t cleaned it for some time now. Not only is it gross to put your freshly-made cookie dough on a dirty aluminum baking sheet, it also doesn’t speak well of you as a home cook. As such, cleaning the aluminum baking sheets on a regular basis is a must. Here’s how:
The Hydrogen Peroxide-Baking Soda Method
This is one of the most common tricks you can use to clean your filthy and grimy aluminum baking sheet. Hydrogen peroxide is a weak acid so you can be sure that it will not eat into the metal of your kitchen item. Baking soda, on the other hand, is a weak base. When you put these two together, you get a chemical reaction that liberates carbon dioxide. It is these liberated carbon dioxide molecules that give you excellent cleaning and sterilization properties.
It is not surprising that those in the medical, aerospace, electronics, and automotive industries use carbon dioxide in the cleaning of delicate surfaces. If such a compound works so well on high-end objects, then it should be magical on your aluminum baking sheet.
To clean your baking sheet using this method, sprinkle baking soda on the sheet. Pour hydrogen peroxide over the baking soda, making sure to saturate it. Cover with another layer of baking soda. Wait about 2 to 3 hours to let the substances work their way on the baking sheet stains. Get a clean piece of rag and wipe off the hydrogen peroxide-baking soda paste.
If the stain is not that severe, it should wipe it clean the first time. If not, repeat the process. On your second attempt, use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad to remove the stain. Finish it off by washing it with warm water and a gentle soap. Rinse well.
The Vinegar and Baking Soda Method
If you’re not keen on using hydrogen peroxide or you don’t want to purchase a bottle or two, you can substitute it with white vinegar. You can have the same effect, except that some individuals may find white vinegar to be quite strong. One can substitute apple cider vinegar if one wishes.
To clean the baking sheet, prepare equal parts of baking soda and white vinegar. For starters, use about a quarter of a cup. Sprinkle the baking soda and spread it evenly across the baking sheet. Pour the vinegar. You will notice some foaming to take place as a result of the chemical reaction. Let the reaction sizzle and subside on its own before you submerge the baking sheet in hot water. It’s best to fill the sink with hot water to accommodate the entire sheet.
Let the aluminum baking sheet soak for at least 30 minutes. Once done, you can start scrubbing, using a non-abrasive pad. Follow it up with warm water and soap before rinsing.
The Washing Soda and Cream of Tartar Method
First off, the cream of tartar is not creamy at all. It has a powdery consistency that many bakers use. Most can associate the cream of tartar in mouth-watering meringue cookies, mile-high meringue pies, and angel food cakes. However, very few know that cream of tartar can produce the same effect as hydrogen peroxide when combined with baking soda. It also releases carbon dioxide gas. Its official name is potassium bitartrate or tartaric acid.
For this method, you will use a moderately-stronger base than baking soda – washing soda. The former is sodium bicarbonate while the latter is sodium carbonate. The difference is in the presence of another carbonate molecule in baking soda. Washing soda only has one molecule of carbonate. Regardless, mixing tartaric acid and sodium carbonate can also produce the same reaction that we see in the combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Sprinkle cream of tartar and washing soda onto the aluminum baking sheet. Add a little hot water and fold in the ingredients to make a paste. Spread this paste across the baking sheet in an even manner and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Get your non-abrasive scrubbing pad and start cleaning. Wash with mild soap and warm water before rinsing.
Cleaning your aluminum baking sheet is easy. You only need a few cleaning materials, waiting time, and a bit of elbow grease to get it done.
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