Fill the pan past the burnt on food, add some white vinegar and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. -Try not to forget it this time. Haha
Pour off the liquid, let the pan cool enough to handle, and use a nylon scraper (like Pampered Chef includes with their stoneware) or wooden spoon to scrape off as much of the burnt mess as possible. If there is still a lot of burnt food, repeat the process. You might need to do this several times if the amount burned on is too extreme. The goal is to work of the layers that were built up on the aluminum.
Once you’ve gotten down to the last thin layer, it’s time to break out our old pal, Bar Keepers Friend, which is an oxalic acid compound and safe for food preparation surfaces. Sprinkle it over the bottom of the pot, which should still be damp, allow it to soak for a few moments, then use a rag and rub with the grain.
This is not going to remove everything, most likely, but it will be left in FAR better condition as compared to what you currently have.
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What about a dishwasher cube? Or baking soda?
Yes, it really did! most of it came out the next morning and the rest w/Brillo! Thanks!