How to clean your greasy pans while at sea and in your home!
It was a rough night at sea on a passage from Topolobampo to Mazatlan, Mexico. We were caught in a sea that is often called a confused state. It's where the waves nearly come at you from every angle and you're on a rollercoaster ride getting tossed from left to right, only there's really no getting off the ride. All there is to do is breathe, wait it out, and trust the boat.
We were nearly one more day away from our next port and I had a stack of dirty dishes sitting in the galley. I am generally the type A personality where I can't stand seeing the sight of dirty dishes lying around. I much prefer to have a clean kitchen just after a nice meal. Sailing the open seas has taught me to definitely lose my grip on perfectionism because when we are met with rough seas, trying to do anything feels like swimming upstream. It becomes a quick recipe for frustration. The more that I let go and accept those dishes will eventually get done, the more of an opportunity I have access to a type of freedom that comes when no longer giving a sh** what anyone thinks.
We had this single pan that had gotten pretty greasy and burnt from some delicious potatoes we cooked on the passage prior to the rollercoaster ride. I kept staring at it thinking how am I going to get this sucker clean? Once we arrived at the port and I felt recentered after the rolly last two days, I started to clean up the galley. It's not only just the dirty dishes that need cleaning... there have been several items that have fallen from shelves and some spills on the floor from coffee.
As I approach the greasy pan that nearly seems like it's never going to come clean again, I try an old trick I have learned from my cleaning business days. I pour some water into the pan and turn on the stove to let it boil. After that, I grab a steel wool brush and remove all the grease and grime. Nearly all of the tough stains are removed but there is still a fair amount left. This is where having my own dish soap line comes in really really handy. Using the bamboo pot scrubber brush and Super Solid Dish Soap TM, I instantly watch the grease and grime scrub away. With a few more scrubs the pot looks nearly brand new.
So, there you have it... if I can clean a greasy pan on a boat in four easy steps, then my friend I believe that so can you!
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How to Clean Your Greasy Pans in 4 Easy Steps:
Step 1: Pour water into the pan after use and boil over the stove until hot.
Step 2: Rinse hot water.
(Use stainless steel wool brush to pull up any tough burns or grease.)
Step 3: Scrub clean with our bamboo pot scrubber brush and Super Solid Dish Soap TM.
Step 4: Rinse and repeat until the pot is sparkling like new!
**Super Solid Dish Soap tip: Once you are finished using rinse out and let dry upside down on a dry rack to make your soap last even longer!!