How NOT to Clean Your Drip Pans

Look at that typo. I'm going to call it irony and let it stand.
I had this brilliant idea. Why not use Barkeeper's Friend on grungy drip pans?

Most drip pans are chrome-plated, right? And Barkeeper's Friend is supposed to be good on chrome. . . (According to their label, anyway.)

Well, either my drip pans are aluminum, or Barkeeper's Friend is NOT good for chrome.

I will say this: It certainly cut through the burnt-on crud in accordance with my expectations.

But. . .The places where I scrubbed the hardest came out looking like brass.

It was really hard to photograph. Since the pans are clean and shiny now, they are also very reflective. . . This should give you the general idea, though.

So. Barkeeper's Friend on drip pans of unidentified metal: only do it if you don't mind them changing color in the process.

The day wasn't a total loss, though. Did you know that most electric stove-tops can be lifted and cleaned under?

This was news to me a couple weeks ago! No lock or lever like if you're popping the hood of your car, just lift straight up at the front, and there will probably be some arms that will lock into place to keep it lifted while you clean.

As you can see, my under-stove-top needed to be cleaned under. Crumbs. . .a burnt fraction of dry noodle. . .some brown grease. . .and my favorite: an erstwhile puddle of starchy water from when the rice boils over. Yum!

So whether you're cleaning your drip pans today or not, you might lift up that stove top and see what you discover.

Hey. So how do YOU clean your drip pans?

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