Bakeware CareHow to maintain the beauty and performance of your bakeware.
Hand washing instructions
To maintain the beauty and performance of Fat Daddio’s Anodized Aluminum Bakeware, our cleaning recommendation is a simple hand washing or soaking in warm soapy water, followed by a quick rinse and towel or air drying. Do not use dishwasher detergents, bleaches, harsh chemicals, abrasive soaps, wire brushes, scouring sponges or sharp tools when cleaning as they can damage the surface of your bakeware.
Can I put my pan in the dishwasher?
We recommend hand washing. The dishwasher would be an option if you could eliminate phosphates from all dishwasher detergents. You cannot, so we do not recommend it. Many dishwasher detergents contain aggressive chemicals and phosphates that can discolor the baking surface. This can also be true of bleaches, oven cleaners and other caustic cleaning agents. The beauty of our anodized bakeware is that you do not need these aggressive chemicals.
My pan just went through the dishwasher…
We occasionally receive a call from a customer (or their significant “non-baking” other) with a slightly discolored pan from a phosphate-laced journey through the dishwasher. Discolorations may be dark random patterns, smudges or white chalky spots. Do not worry and do not throw the pan away as it still has a lifetime of baking performance ahead! Try first, seasoning the pan with a few drops of good quality baking oil and a cloth. This works well for removing most phosphate residue. For extreme discoloration, you may need to coat the entire pan in shortening or butter and place on a cookie sheet. Bake the pan at 300° F (150° C) for 10 minutes. Let the pan cool for a few minutes. While still warm, wipe the pan clean with a towel. This process may not return the “off-the-shelf” beauty it once had, but will effectively season the pan for future use.
Restore your bakeware
Bakeware can take a beating in the kitchen. After continual use, it will build up a patina from the grease and butter. Most professional bakers do not mind this buildup as it actually increases the performance of the pan. Baked goods will come out of it even easier. Some home bakers do not like the look of a well-seasoned pan and want to restore its beauty. It can be achieved with a little effort.
- Well-used bakeware
- Soft cloth
- Warm water
- Bar Keepers Friend Cookware and Cleanser Polish (Ensure that you get the Cookware Polish, as it has a non-bleach formula that is recommended for cookware.)
- Run bakeware under warm water. Sprinkle pan with Bar Keepers Friend Cookware and Cleanser Polish.
- Gently rub the powder into a paste, and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. Stubborn stains may take up to 5 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water. Stubborn stains may need to be worked on again.
If you like the well-worn look of your bakeware, by all means, leave your pan alone. This deep cleaning is purely for aesthetic purposes. Fat Daddio’s anodized bakeware will perform well with regular soap and water cleanings.