Spilled milk is a regular occurrence, but it can be avoided if you are vigilant whenever you boil milk.
Spilled milk on a stove can cause problems like staining streaks, causing your stove to look oily and smell odorous.
If you’re wondering how to remove burnt milk from the stove, this article presents several cleaning methods–and preventing–burnt milk on stoves.
How to remove burnt milk from a stove
To remove burnt milk from the stove, soak the stained areas with a removal liquid such as vinegar, dish detergent, or commercial cleaning fluid for four or five minutes. When the stain is damp, use the abrasive side of a sponge to remove the burnt milk. Do not scrub or scrape your stove!
Using a commercial cleaner to remove burnt milk from a stove
There are commercial cleaners you may require if you’ve had an ongoing milk spill over the stove, and the other, more natural methods aren’t completely getting rid of the stains.
These cleaners are pretty cost-effective because not only are they less hassle to use, but if you follow the directions for use closely, they deliver 100% results.
Commercial cleaners are also a highly effective way of getting rid of the smell from a malodorous stove.
Using a dish detergent to remove burnt milk from a stove
For stains that aren’t too old or stubborn, one classic and efficient method is to use dishwashing soap and water.
Together, you might be able to completely get rid of burnt-milk stains.
It is necessary to pre-prepare the mixture of dishwashing detergent with water first, and only then spray it onto the stained cooking surface.
Once sprayed on, just rub it in a little, letting the solution soak into the stain for a minute or two.
Providing that the stain was relatively new (this method doesn’t work well with stubborn, old stains, you will soon be left with a fresh-smelling, stain-free stove.
Using vinegar to remove burnt milk from a stove
Vinegar is the most effective and versatile cleaning solution for your kitchen.
It is definitely a good option if you’re looking to get rid of the burned milk off your stove.
If the stain is stubbornly resisting removal with ordinary water (or with dishwasher soap and water as described above), dampen the stain with vinegar.
Wipe/scrub it off using a moist, clean cloth or sponge.
(After using the vinegar, you’ll have to allow it to sit for a couple of minutes to soak into the stain and loosen it before you begin to scrub it off.
Waiting like this will lighten the elbow grease required to lift the stain.)
Prevention is better than cure, so don’t burn the milk in the first place
How to avoid burning the milk in the pot
Don’t try to boil milk by turning the heat up to maximum.
Unfortunately, it simply takes as long as it takes to boil milk without risking a spill.
Of course, those individuals with the reaction time of a ninja can feel comfortable blasting the pot of milk over the highest flame and then snatching it away at the critical moment, but for mere mortals, this strategy is 99% going to result in milk foaming over and splashing all over the stove.
Instead, the best stratagem is to set your stove at a medium temperature so that the milk is warmed slowly, but more importantly, equally.
This slower method ensures that the heat raises the temperature of the entire pot of milk without any burning.
When using this method, regularly stir the pot to further protect the bottom and sides of the pot from burning or getting sticky.
Many home cooks also fill the pot with a small quantity of cold water before filling it with milk, as this also prevents the bottom of milk from burning, but you’ll have to decide for yourself whether this is a truly useful tactic.
How to avoid burning the milk when it spills over the top of the pot
Milk does not burn particularly rapidly during cooking, but it does spill over the top of the pot rather easily.
When it happens, spilled milk quickly floods the stovetop, adding “clean the stove” as yet another item on your to-do list.
To avoid this tedious and lengthy task, try placing a metallic spoon in the pot as you warm the milk.
Supposedly, this conducts heat from the milk to the top of the spoon, where the air conducts the heat away.
To be honest, I am quite skeptical about this, but many folks swear by it.
The science behind burnt milk and more ways to safely boil milk
Milk burns when the fat in its constituent proteins heat up, which causes them to sink and accumulate at the bottom of the pot.
There, they get sticky, absorb a lot of the heat coming in from the stove, and burn.
Add water to the pot before pouring in the milk
If you are in a hurry and you are determined to set your burner to maximum, then you can try adding a small amount of water to your pot– only enough to cover the bottom of the pot–before pouring in the milk.
Doing this will lessen the buildup of fatty protein molecules at the bottom of the pot and thus guard against ending up with burnt milk.
Use the right kind of pot
(There is more on this in the final paragraph of this article.)
When boiling milk, select a pot with a thicker, heavier base to prevent scorching, particularly one that can conduct heat effectively.
Also, avoid stainless steel pots as they are not, in fact, fantastic conductors of heat.
Rather, stainless steel pots are somewhat prone to developing hot spots.
Stir while heating the milk
When heating milk, constantly stir it using a wooden spoon (a flat-edged one seems to be the most effective) until it reaches a boil.
Stirring will also prevent milk from burning at the bottom.
Frequently Asked Questions About How to Remove Burnt Milk From Stove
How do I avoid having burnt milk on my stove?
Stir it regularly and give it sufficient time. Do not set the stove at the highest temperature because the milk can quickly burn.
What is the proper ratio of vinegar to water as a burnt milk cleaning fluid?
Mix white vinegar with warm water in a 1:2 ratio. Dip a paper towel in this solution, then scrub down the stove. It’s a lengthy procedure, but it’s crucial if you want to get that new-look shine back.
Afterword: How to remove burnt milk from a stove
While boiling milk, it only seems to take mere seconds when you stop paying attention to it for the milk to spill over the top of the pot and burn on the stovetop.
Special milk pots are available, preventing milk from burning as quickly as regular pots.
However, when the milk does spill and burns on your stove, it is vital to clean the spillage as soon as possible, as that is when it is easiest to guarantee complete removal of the stains.