Even after soaking overnight it is a mess. I scraped out the loose bits but there is still no way I can use this pot yet.
Now it is time to go to the internet for ideas. This is how it looks after try #2. I filled the pot half-full with water, added a cup of vinegar and brought it to a boil. Then I added two tablespoons of baking soda. Prepare for it to fizz when adding the baking soda.
I used the boiling water and vinegar with baking soda method twice. I am encouraged. I finally feel like this pot will once again return to its rightful place among my favourites.
I have scrubbed it a bit with SOS but lots of the burnt food is still not releasing. The last trick from the internet is to boil water with detergent in the pot. Claims are this will release all the burned stuff magically. I used dishwasher detergent because it was handy. Perhaps laundry detergent would also work. Within minutes the burnt matter was coming off in sheets. Yippee! My pot has been salvaged to live many more happy days making wonderful food.
To summarize, cool pot. Then fill with water as needed and add 1 cup white vinegar. Bring to a boil and add 2 tablespoons baking soda. Let sit overnight.
Remove as much of the burned matter as possible. Repeat if necessary.
Scrub with soap pads as much as possible.
If there is still a lot of burned on food, fill the pot with as much water as needed. Add detergent and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and soak overnight. Look at that! Amazing! The burnt pieces just fell off. Next time I might just cut to the chase and boil with detergent from the get go. Trust me, there will be a next time.