I went to dinner one night, forgetting that I had left pasta on the stove to boil. It wasn't until I asked for the check, that OMG, the PASTA IS STILL ON! I went racing home certain that my house would be on fire. The house was smoke filled, and pasta, well, it was quite black for about 1/2 inch on the bottom. I turned over the pan, most of it fell out. I stuck the hot pan under the water (like the instructions say to do, after cooking, not burning of course)used the metal scrubby that comes with some of the pans, and I'll be hanged if it still didn't look brand new. Do you know why I bought the pan, it was on sale, and I was replacing a circulon that I had left eggs on to boil. That pan was totally ruined and I had given it to the kids to use in the sand pit.