Actually, I don’t mind hand washing plates and other dishes too fragile to go into the dishwasher. But I hate scrubbing pots — and especially roasting pans. Once you get the inside clean, you’re confronted with that buildup of char and discoloration on the outside. Usually I give them just a quick once over. And then a couple of times a year, I get down to business and the odious scrubbing.
It involves putting on old clothes and getting supplies together — steel wool, stiff brushes, etc. My secret weapon? Bar Keepers Friend (available at most supermarkets and produced since 1882). I put some pounding rock on the stereo and spend a morning scrubbing away. Gradually, that baked-on dark layer loosens and the gleam of aluminum or stainless steel or copper emerges once again.
It makes me happy.