Aluminum, aluminized steel, carbon steel, non-stick...with so many muffin pan options to choose from, it's a wonder how anyone has time to bake their petite treats! Thankfully, we created this handy guide to break down the types of muffin pans to make this purchasing decision easier than cake.
Primary Construction: AluminumBenefits:
Primary Construction: Steel that has been hot-dip coated with aluminum-silicon alloyBenefits:
Primary Construction: Aluminum that has gone through one of the several casting processes Benefits:
Primary Construction: Steel that is not stainless steel; may include alloy steels Benefits:
A non-stick surface is a surface that reduces the ability of other materials to stick to it. It can be added to aluminum, aluminized steel, carbon steel, or cast aluminum but does not affect the characteristics of the metal itself.
Keep in mind that darker pans get hotter than lighter pans. Make sure you adjust the time and temperature of your recipe accordingly.
In addition to the above guidelines, when using non-stick pans,
Prior to baking, lightly spray the inside of your aluminum, aluminized steel, carbon steel, or cast aluminum muffin pans with a small amount of vegetable oil or shortening. Then place the bakeware in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes to “season” the pan. After removal from oven, pour out excess oil/shortening and wipe down the muffin pan with a paper towel until all of the oil/shortening is removed.
Seasoning will prolong the life of the muffin pan. Cleaning with a mild soapy solution after each use will not affect the “seasoning” of the pan. It's okay to repeat this procedure as often as needed without doing damage to the bakeware.
When cleaning your muffin pans, it's very important to take great care to avoid damage to the coating and/or pans. Do not put them in the dishwasher and do not soak the pan in water to remove baked on food or stains – your pans will last longer and look better if washed by hand with soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry completely.Aluminum, Cast Aluminum, and Anodized Aluminum Pans
In addition to handwashing, when cleaning aluminum pans, keep in mind that aluminum is a soft metal that is attacked by detergents with a high alkaline or acidic nature. Use detergents made specifically for aluminum. Through repeated use, aluminum will soften and, if scoured, will thin.Carbon Steel Pans
In addition to handwashing, do not use soap to clean the seasoned carbon steel pan. Scrub the interior with hot water instead.Non-Stick Pans
In addition to handwashing, when cleaning non-stick pans,