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post #1 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question Freezing corn is done... How to clean the Stove?

So... Freezing corn is done for the year, yet as always the mess it left on the stove is awful. Think of boiling a thick sugary/starchy syrup in a pan, boiling it for a few hours, then pouring it over the stove surface, bake until black and then repeat over and over until there is a pile of black charred syrup firmly attached to the stove.

^^ This is the mental picture of what our stove looks currently. I know most everybody's advice is to clean up spills as they happen... That's all fine and dandy with a pot or two bubbling gently on stove, but there is no way I can clean it up asap when I've got two (4-5gal)huge pots that take up two burners a piece in a roaring boil, full of water and corn, that is super hot. There is no way am I going to clean it then or take time from when I am in full swing of blanching corn, or risk myself getting burnt... So, now I've got to figure out how I'm going to make it sparkly clean again without using a pickaxe and a sander. Anybody else in this situation? Cleaning suggestions??

Bottom line is this-I'm assuming hopefully that someone on here probably does some canning now and then? So my question is, "what is the fastest, requires the least elbow grease, and is the easiest way of taking baked charred food off of the stove?"
I saw on another forum that they use Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner and they claim it works great. Anybody else familiar with this product?

Any other products to use that work awesome? I think the (Thermador) stove top is porcelain. I know for sure it's not stainless steel or glass.

Anyway if you all can share tips, tricks or awesome cleaners that would remove this gunk I'd really, really appreciate it!(There must be something out there that works...right???!)

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 03:45 PM
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Sounds like my husband has been in the kitchen. I use a flat razor blade to clean my stove, it does not scratch the surface and gets the burned on stuff off. Then I use warm soapy water and elbow grease to get the rest off.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 04:58 PM
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While the stovetop is still "just" warm, rub oil onto all the burnt mess and let the stove cool completely. This will usually lift the worst of it loose.
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I put a soppy wet towel on it and leave overnight.
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I like the wet towel idea.

I'm trying to figure out how you ended up with such a mess. I don't can anymore, but I used to put up hundreds of jars every year. I never ended up with that much good on the stove. At the end of the day, it was a simple wipe down - albeit a bit more than usual, but nothing so dramatic.
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This is a ceramic cooktop? I use baking soda and a "Scrunge", all those cream scrubbing products didn't work that well.
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For insanely hard to remove spots, I use the "wet towel" trick, also. I get it pretty damp, put it in the microwave on high to get it nice and hot, take it out with tongs, and put it on the offending spot and then spray Clorox surface cleaner w bleach on the towel over the spot...and let it sit overnight, or at least several hours. The only problem with that is - that particular cleaner can discolor some surfaces.
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buy a new stove.

why don't you try covering the top of the stove (cut out the burners holes)
with heavy duty alumiun foil.

I am amazed that boiling water leaves your stove in that condition.

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Nope not just boiling water, it's blanching water for corn, and it spits out the top of the lid when it boils and gets on the stove.

I think the stove is porcelain.

Dramatic is not the word... Mess is. If I took a picture of what it looks right now you'd all have interesting expressions on your faces. :) It would be interesting to take a before and after photo though.

Happens every year and every year it takes quite a bit of effort to get clean again. My mom is probably not going to change her method of blanching corn (maybe over-loading the pot to cause spill overs) so I was just hoping to find a less time consuming way of cleaning. We don't just put up for a few people, I'd say all said and done we put up enough corn for 17 people in 2 weeks +/-.

We have in the past used the razor blade method and that has seemed to work the best. Has anybody used any cleaner on the stove to clean up? Daily matience is not bad at all, it's just the once a year in a week deal that builds up.

Aluminum foil sounds like a good preventive thing to try.. A person could just take it up and remove it real fast.

I take it nobody has ever tried, "Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner"? Nobody has any other really good working cleaners to try?

Thanks so far for the suggestions though!

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Next time set the lid slightly askew, less spill over.
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