This tip may be out there somewhere on the interwebs. However, I was just cleaning my pan after searing some pork chops to put in my slow cooker, and thought I would like to share this tip. I saw how the dark bits from searing was all over the pan, and if I had not followed my usual preparation I would have had a heck of time cleaning this pan out.
Heating the pan before using it in any form will help to prevent sticking or baked-on foods. What I like to do in addition to heating my pan is to dab a paper towel in some vegetable oil (or whatever kind of oil you are using), and spread the oil not only on the bottom of the pan but all the way to the top. Then add your directed amount of oil into your sauté pan. The reason to make sure you coat the sides of the pan is so the frying splatter doesn’t just stay on the bottom but will go up the sides as well.
Then it’s easy peasy to clean your pan.
Until next time, happy creating.