Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new – and that goes for your bakeware, too. Worn out and beat up bakeware can lead to burnt cookies and uneven baking, among other issues. Here’s when it’s time to replace your bakeware:
- Scratching: If your non-stick pan is badly scratched, it may still be usable; although it will not be as non-stick. If the coating is scratched to the point that it is actually chipping or peeling off, then it’s time to replace.
- Warping: If your pan is warped – bent or twisted out of shape – pick up a new one. Warping can when pans are exposed to high heat. You may hear a popping sound from your oven as the molecules in the pan expand due to the heat. This is normal, but some thinner materials may not recover from the stress. Avoid moving pans from one temperature extreme to another – for example, don’t take a hot pan from the oven and run it under cool water.
- Build-up: Are you finding your muffin pans, loaf pans or other bakeware have residue caked on them? Over time, oils and other materials can build up on your bakeware. If your build-up goes beyond some slight staining, it’s time to toss them.
Take Good Care
Cleaning and caring for your bakeware the right way will help it last longer and perform better. Here are some tips for taking care of your bakeware:
- Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper to prevent them from getting stained and accumulating build-up. Stains will not affect performance, however, you want to keep your new pans looking pretty!
- Most Wilton bakeware is dishwasher safe. However, aluminum pans should always be hand washed, as they’ll become discolored in the dishwasher.
- Do not use dishwasher detergent tablets, as the concentrated cleansers will damage the finish.
- Avoid cleaning your bakeware with abrasive cleansers or scouring pads.
- Do not use sharp or serrated metal utensils on your bakeware, as they can cut through the non-stick coating.
- Even though bakeware is labeled “non-stick”, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to grease your pans. Always grease your pans to prevent build-up and avoid damaging the pan.