Scene: you’re adventurous, hungry, and a little cooking-averse, but were inspired to try out a recipe for roasted Parmesan chicken from TV. Looks good. Smells good. Tastes good. What’s not good is the mess of dishes in the kitchen.
There’s char. There’s residue. There’s a good amount of burnt crust too. Whose turn is it to do dishes again? Besides soaking them in soapy water overnight or busting out the steel wool, what can you do? You best not stick pans in the dishwasher with goopy food remains on it unless you want: a. a bigger mess, b. a divorce, or c. a new dishwasher.
You’re in luck. This trick demonstrated by Chopped judge (and chef) Geoffrey Zakarian really works. In the video, dryer sheets make light work out of grimy baking sheets. That’s right. Those anti-static fighters are good outside of the laundry room. Check out how simply they do the job, and try not to get distracted by a man in a fancy suit washing a grimy cookie sheet.
Grab your dirty baking sheet and spread dryer sheets on top of the crud. It’s okay if they overlap. Pour enough warm water on them to get them soaked. Lay it flat on the counter or in the sink for at least an hour or two. If you really want to go for gold, leave it soaking overnight.
Marvel at how everything blasts off your cookie sheet. You won’t have to do the dirty work of picking burnt cheese off the cookie sheet. Yay! Afterwards, you should only need to do a little bit of scrubbing to get it squeaky clean.