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The Pot Did Not Clean Itself

"God helps those who help themselves!" was a common cry heard from my mother! She also shared the wisdom of "elbow grease," and many other stories about the ills of, what she saw as, not working hard enough, a.k.a. laziness.

My goal yesterday was to clean my French-made enameled cast iron pot that had burnt jambalaya embedded on the white inside surface. It is not the first time I have burned a meal in that pot. The last time, though years ago, damaged the enamel in spots as I cleaned it.

Plan A: Elbow grease. I was unable to find my can of elbow grease. I am not sure where the hell I put it. I must have spent a couple of hours looking for it, but to no avail.

Plan B: Let the pot help itself! If God will help those who help themselves, would it not stand to reason that the same God would assist where inanimate subjects were concerned? I even gave it some assistance with hot, soapy water and allowed it to get to it in its own time frame.

Tsk! Tsk!

Even as late as 10 a.m. this morning, I found the same blackened mess stuck to the bottom of my favorite orange-enameled pot.

It is clear to me that said pot has done nothing to better itself, and God has not intervened. Damn the lazy, good-for-nothing pot, which obviously does not understand the virtue of hard work! And after all I have done for it, too!

Now...where the hell did I put that tin of elbow grease?

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MegL wrote on February 19, 2015, 3:13 PM

LOL, my grandmother's favourite saying was also to use elbow grease but she did not explain where to find it!

CoralLevang wrote on February 19, 2015, 3:35 PM

MegL Glad you could identify with this one! I suppose there are a few of us in the same predicament!

GemstonePink wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:42 PM

That elbow grease can be pretty hard to come by these days. Some pots just don't make it.

CoralLevang wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:44 PM

GemstonePink I will certainly keep your observation/advice in mind. I don't want to give up...just yet! LOL

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 19, 2015, 6:56 PM

I hope you are able to find that tube soon since the pot does not want to take care of itself. Bad Bad pot. lol

CoralLevang wrote on February 19, 2015, 7:52 PM

wolfgirl569 Still no sign of it yet today. Do you have any to spare? I was unaware it came in tubes. I've been looking for a tin. ;)

valmnz wrote on February 19, 2015, 10:09 PM

Join the club! My favourite reasonably expensive non-stick frying pan has a black mass stuck to the bottom of it. Not as bad as it was two weeks ago, but removal of said black mass is needing more than I can administer I think.

CoralLevang wrote on February 19, 2015, 10:24 PM

This French-made pot is rather old, and I got it for next to nothing at a yard sale or thrift store. I've never seen another like it, so I think it's rather old, unlike the newer Le Creuset (sp?). I'm going to work on it a bit tonight to see if I can salvage it.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 19, 2015, 11:30 PM

Maybe thats why I cant find any I have been looking for a tube. emoticon :grin: But none here that I can see.

scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:06 AM

Can you use other vegetable oil instead of elbow grease? I definitely cannot find it in the supermarkets over here.

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:09 AM

If you test it out, let me know.

BarbRad wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:20 AM

Elbow grease isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's probably too late to try steam at this point. Good luck.

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:34 AM

*laughs* Thanks BarbRad ! I just wish it were easier.

morilla wrote on February 20, 2015, 1:26 AM

Who would stock something that old-fashioned these days? Have you tried a specialty store, brick & mortar or online? The last time I looked, it came in a 2-part set, one for the left and one for the right. Personally, I think Johnson & Johnson might have forced it off the market in favor of their 'after the fact' treatment... Ben-Gay. But, some say that's conspiracy theory and don't want to go there. I did find someone has co-opted the name for a different kind of application. Maybe that's the problem? Perhaps the name has now been trademarked and they market it under a different banner? Just a thought.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 20, 2015, 6:42 AM

LOL - I lost my tin of elbow grease, too. When I made chili the other day, I must have missed a spot in my slow cooker with the non-stick cooking spray, because the chili has made itself what it thinks is a new permanent home for itself. Soaking it doesn't seem to be helping much. I need to convince that spot of chili to grow up and move out of my house.

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 11:21 AM

Well, morilla , in this world of disposable wares, I am sure that it is harder to find those of us who might want to keep our old-fashioned pots around. The youngsters would just throw it in the trash and start over with another Mirro-brand cheap pot, and forget the elbow grease. Recently, I heard about someone who tried to find elbow-grease for cooking, to substitute for bacon grease. I am not sure how that turned out, but I think that Preparation-H might be the treatment for that. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on February 20, 2015, 11:25 AM

GemofaGirl Perhaps, we should trade and work on one another's? *laughs*

valmnz wrote on February 20, 2015, 2:21 PM

Good luck, I'm still trying to salvage mine

morilla wrote on February 20, 2015, 9:10 PM

I've heard that one, "young," female celebrity did that right after getting married. She didn't throw the dishes away. She buried them in their backyard rather than washing them. Nice if you have the money I suppose. Then again, many of my pots and almost all of my dishes are now 30 years old, with some even older and that's without a dishwasher for a lot years. (Hey. It was a deal the grocery store had where you got dishes for 'free' after purchasing a certain amount of groceries. I ended up with a decent set.)

If you do a Google search, there is a product called "elbow grease." In a way, your Preparation-H comment is closer to the mark, though not the same intent. emoticon :smile: