Bar keeper's friend on pans?

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  1. Oct 12, 2018 #1

    NBrewster

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    The other day I walked into a friend's kitchen to find him scrubbing a particularly nasty pan with bar keeper's friend on the cooking surface.

    I've used it on the outside of pans I've bought secondhand before, but sort of recoiled when I saw him doing this. On second thought I realized that I had no idea whether or not that was sanitary/safe. Thought I'd ask the peanut gallery here.
     
  2. Oct 12, 2018 #2

    Jville

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    I've used it before, especially if it's caked on like stainless. I don't know about tin linning, I'd be nervous about that. But bkf is fairly gentle and works great on pans. It's sanitary, I've never had any issues
     
  3. Oct 12, 2018 #3
    Do it all the time, fast and easy way to clean them.
     
  4. Oct 12, 2018 #4

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    So this id's where everyone id's getting their Umami flavor from!
     
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    Shake or two always adds a little extra something to the gumbo
     
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    Makes the coating on fried cx light and extra crispy.
     
  7. Oct 12, 2018 #7

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    The care instructions for all of my stainless All Clad and Calphalon cookware has recommended BKF by name.
     
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    I don't know the voodoo involved but it will clean up a pan and restore the luster to inside and out. In demo kitchen allways had to have the All-Clad looking new.

    Of course after washing with bkf, you gotta wash again with soap. God I hate that smell.
     
  9. Oct 13, 2018 #9

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    Its recommended by some also if you mess up the seasoning on Carbon pans and need to strip to bare metal.
    (it removes most everything from the steel, I'm guessing its not PH Neutral).



    NB You then are supposed to wash with regular soap afterwords according to the guidelines in video.

    (Alot of people us BKF on stainless steel
    as alternative to green schotchbrite,
    both can leave some trace scratching
    from what I understand.)
     
  10. Oct 13, 2018 #10

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    I use it on the outside of my copper pans, even the interior tinning with a plastic scouring pad and it works well. Anything that's lined with stainless I'll use a copper scrubbing pad.
    I don't however use the liquid BKF, I believe theres a decent bit of ammonia in it and it'll react weird with some metals
     
  11. Oct 13, 2018 #11

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    BKF is oleic acid, the chemical structure related to vinegar and citric acid, but due The nature of this spesific molecule, the properties are different. Yes it is an acid.

    I use it to clean anything caked on SS steel.

    I also use it as a first step in rust removal from carbon blades. The VERY IMPORTANT second step is to neutralize the acid with baking soda. While my person method is overkill, it is also hard to screw up. Make a slurry ( think between pancake batter and paste) of baking soda water. Coat the blade with this slurry. Rub it in with your hand. Wash off. Repeat at least once.

    Dry blade and coat with mineral oil.
     
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    I know this is a YMMV situation, but I would do alot of homework before experimenting,
    tin linings in particular are delicate and usually not recommended for abrasives.
     
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    I use it all the time on the outside of my nonstick all clad pans. Works very well keeping the outside nice and clean.
     
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    Can confirm both from personal experience
     
  16. Oct 24, 2018 #16

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    BFK is pretty effective at cleaning pans.. one thing to bear in mind is that it's abrasive and will scratch up stainless steel pans if you're not careful. If you don't really care about that then it's fine. I use it more for the exterior
     
  17. Oct 24, 2018 #17

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    Bensbites, oxalic acid, not oleic

    Wiki says:
    Bar Keepers Friend is a brand of mass-produced cleaning agents. The original canned powder product has been manufactured and sold since 1882.[3] It was invented by a chemist in Indianapolis, Indiana, where it continues to be manufactured by SerVaas Laboratories.[4][5]The canned product's primary active ingredient is oxalic acid, and Bar Keepers Friend has several various cleaning uses.
     
  18. Oct 24, 2018 #18

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    And this is from their faq

    Is it safe to clean the dishes I cook and eat from with Bar Keepers Friend?


    Yes – when properly used, BKF is safe to use on food preparation and serving surfaces. In fact, BKF carries an NSF registration and can be found in many commercial kitchens. Make sure any surface that will come in contact with food is properly rinsed to remove any residue and abrasive prior to use.

    I use it all the time

    Rick
     
  19. Oct 24, 2018 #19

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    You are correct. I am blaming autocorrect...
     
  20. Oct 25, 2018 #20

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    I figured it was autocorrect! If you use it often you can just buy oxalic acid and save a few bucks.
     
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    yes no problem, but gotta neutralize/rinse them after BKF
     
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    Also good for those annoying baking stains/build up you sometimes see on Pyrex and similar types of dishes.
     
  23. Dec 22, 2018 #23

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    Thx for the heads up wouldn't necessarily have thought of using it for pyrex and hate that baked in staining ...
     
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