After over a week of soaking, followed daily by intense scrubbing at the food burned on to it, I feared my beloved 5 qt stock pot/steamer was headed toward the landfill, or at least the craft cupboard. When suddenly, an unlikely hero swooped in to save the day.
Behold, the humble baking soda--the protector of laundry, the whitener of teeth, the raiser of baked goods, the bane of stains everywhere: from this most ordinary and overlooked of household chemicals, salvation came.
Thank you, baking soda. Despite your lowly accommodations in the door of the fridge, you have my undying admiration and unending praise. All hail baking soda: savior of the stock pot from certain doom.