The best way to clean the ceramic baking dish

Casserole season is officially, undeniably here — and with it comes all sorts of cozy, creamy, cheesy baked goods that taste great and leave your home smelling great. The only downside is that all that spicy, cheesy goodness can turn into a crunchy, sloppy mess that’s a major pain to clean.

Your best defense is a strong attack: soak that dish in soapy water ASAP and scrub off all the food before it really gets stuck. But that is of course not always possible. Sometimes you use that casserole, for example, to serve dinner or to store leftovers. Other times it’s Thanksgiving and you’re tired. And that’s okay.

How to clean your casserole with Bar Keepers Friend

Rinse your casserole with water, then lightly sprinkle powdered Bar Keepers Friend over the bottom of the dish. Let sit for 30 seconds, then scrub with a damp sponge and rinse. Wash and repeat if necessary.

This process may take a little elbow grease, but after a few minutes of scrubbing with a sponge, every bit of baked-on creamy chicken and mushroom soup came off. Even the For real burned-in parts disappeared.

PS: If you don’t have Bar Keepers Friend handy, our second method will take a little longer, but it’s worth a try. Sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the baking dish and add a few squirts of dish soap. Fill the casserole with hot water and let it sit for 15 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape off the remaining food. Repeat if necessary.

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