Why You Should Clean The Bottom Of Your Frying Pan
Here are a few reasons why it is important to keep the bottom of your frying pan clean.
- Risk of grease fire
- potential food poisoning and other food born illnesses
- just the greasy filth transferring to other surfaces and dishes
- if donated to an organization – causing undue stress of financial resources and time to clean it
and Barry says, that if you hit someone over the head with it, the evidence will be left there, because there will be a greasy mark on the victim.
Risk Of Grease Fire
One reason why you should keep the bottom of your frying pan clean is to reduce the risk of a grease fire on your stove. How often do you cook something greasy in your frying pan? A lot I imagine. Afterall, most of us cook a lot of greasy items from bacon and eggs, to Pan Fried Asparagus with Pine Nuts.
So keeping the grease cleaned off the bottom of your frying pan is crucial.
This is important whether your stove is a conventional coil top, glass top, and especially if it is an open flame. Open flame stoves such as propane or natural gas would pose a definite concern.
So keep the greasy grime cleaned off the bottom of your frying pan.
Risk Of Food Poisoning
Your health and well-being, and that of your family, is an excellent reason for keeping the bottom of your frying pan clean.
The filth on the frying pan will come into direct contact with and contaminate other surfaces in your kitchen. Think about it, this is more than just an issue about grease and grime. There are food particles trapped within and on that grease. So by coming into contact with other kitchen surfaces, you are exposing yourself to food born illnesses including food poisoning and possible E. coli contamination.
If you have every had an episode of food poisoning in the past, then you know how much toilet hugging is involved. None of us would desire to see anyone have to suffer through this. So why would you risk your own family’s health just because you don’t like cleaning the bottom of the pan.
By keeping the bottom of your frying pan clean you will reduce the risk of transferring old food particles. This will help keep you and your family safe from illness.
Just The Filth
Another concern would just be the greasy filth of the pan. Look at it – it’s well – gross!
It is not that difficult to clean the bottom of the pan at the same time that you are cleaning the inside of the pan. All you need is a sink full of hot water, some dish soap, and maybe a metal scrubber. If cleaned every time, you will never see the amount of grease and grime that is on this particular frying pan.
The one pictured here is demonstrating an accumulation of years of grease and grime. Imagine all the meals and potential hazards that have occurred every time this pan has been used. It is scary to think about.
What If You Donate It?
A final reason might be to consider what happens if you decide to declutter and potentially donate that fry pan to an organization such as ours, Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs.
We receive hundreds of frying pans annually in our donations.
However, did you know that some 90% or more of them are donated dirty?
Sadly, yes that is true.
As a result, this eats up valuable time and resources. You see, when you donate a dirty item to an organization, someone has to clean it before it can be given away, or (if it is a Thrift Store) sold.
Think about it from your point of view if you were the client in need of assistance, or the customer in the Thrift Store.
Look at the 2 pans pictured above. Be honest – if you were in need and came to us for assistance, which pan would you pick if you had the choice?
Perhaps you are in your local Thrift Store and again you are faced with these 2 pans. Which one would you purchase? The clean one? Or the dirty one?
I’m pretty confident that 100% of you are going to grab the clean pan.
Is This The Same Pan?
Yes it is. This was one of 5 such frying pans that were donated to us recently. All of them came dirty.
I personally would never make myself cook a meal in a pan that looked like this, nor would I ask anyone else to do the same. This means the choice is clear. Either I
- clean them before we put them into the stock of items to be given away to the needy in our community, or,
- just throw them into the scrap metal pile and send them off for metal recycling.
So, I filled the kitchen sink with hot and soapy water. I grabbed the metal scrubber and got to work. It took over an hour to clean those 5 frying pans, but clean them I did. And the photo above shows the results on one of them.
Now this is a frying pan that I am proud to offer to someone who doesn’t have one.
Recapping The Reasons Why You Should Clean The Bottom Of Your Frying Pan
So, quickly, the important reasons why you should clean the bottom of your frying pan include:
- reducing the risk of a grease fire
- lessen the chances of food poisoning
- just because it is plain – gross
- and remember, even if you donate it, somebody, somewhere has to clean it, so please, be kind.
So, take all of these points into consideration the next time you clean your frying pan. Don’t forget the bottom. If you clean it every time, you will never see your frying pan look as bad as the one pictured in this article. And quite frankly, I would like to see less of them donated in that condition too.