Okay, I think I should’ve retitled this post as “How to Prevent Soot from forming on the Cooking Pot’s Bottom”. But then again soot is a natural annoying byproduct when you use wood fuel for cooking and is inevitable. This tip addresses what you can do so that soot that eventually forms can be easily removed.
Here’s what you do.
- Before cooking, get some cheap liquid detergent.
- Coat the bottom and sides of the pot with the detergent.
- In the absence of a liquid detergent, you could use laundry soap, water and a piece of foam to produce some thick soap suds.
- Soak the foam and rub it on the soap and occasionally squeezing it.
- This will create a soapy solution which you can wipe on the sides of the pot as shown below.
- Get more of the thick soapy solution and apply liberally on the bottom of the cooking pot.
- You don’t need to let the coating dry. Just use the pot normally to cook. The detergent coating will burn and soot will form on it. This soot is then easily scrubbed off when washing the pot. Just remember to do the above steps every time you cook.