A great set of kitchen pans is essential for every cook. They can also be an expensive investment, so it’s worth taking good care of your cookware

No matter how meticulous you are, however, you’ll notice a brown stain forming at the base over time.

This is actually a natural result of the continued heating of the metal where it touches the plate, so there’s not much you can do about it. It’s best to tackle it early, however, and not let it build up into a gunky oxidised layer.

Simply flip your pan upside down, coat liberally in bicarb, and spray on a layer of vinegar.

The mix will bubble up with it’s cleaning action, and you should be able to wipe away the worst of the brown.

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Another application – or a little elbow grease with a scrubbing brush – may be required for heavily soiled pans.