When to Replace Your Bakeware

January 3rd, 2017 by Desiree Smith


When to Replace Your Bakeware | Wilton Cake DecoratingHappy 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.
Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

12 Replies

  1. Sheryl L. says:

    The tips just given were awesome and very relevent. Thank you! We also saw Desiree’s list of responsibilities and her skills, but what I want to know is what she likes to bake 🙂

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Sheryl! I love to bake cookies and brownies. While I do have fun decorating cakes or cupcakes for events, I get the most joy and satisfaction (and less stress! ha) from baking brownies and cookies!

  2. Ivy Rebecca says:

    Great reminders for metal pans, but what about silicone mold pans?
    I have continued to add to my mold pans over the years, however, I cannot understand why they develop a powdery surface after machine washing. Am I using the wrong dishwasher detergent or is it the residue of the cooking oil? It is unimaginable that the molds are molding /greying from age because no matter how old or what color they are, they all do this trick. I have to hand wash each one in warm soapy water before use no matter what season of the year.

    • Christine Wolfe says:

      I personally would hand wash those molds. However, you might try using one of those rinsing agents in your dishwasher. It really made a difference in my glassware. Follow the directions on the bottle. They are located among the dishwasher detergents. Another thought would be to contact the manufacturer of that rubber bake ware and see if they have any suggestions?

  3. Terry Hodkinson says:

    We just purchased a set of baking sheets. I used parchment paper as advised (followed the rules for using parchment paper) and I got staining on the sheet. It doesn’t come off with hand washing. What else can I do?

  4. Rosero says:

    I love baking chiffon cakes and had no issues removing the cakes by gently detaching with my fingers before but lately, the cakes are not detaching uniformly. I am getting ‘pockmarks’ (areas that were stuck) and yet I can not grease these tube pans. Any suggestions? Thanks!9

  5. Pam says:

    Does Wilton use PTFE on their bakeware?

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Pam,

      Our bakeware coatings do not contain PTFE, PFOA, BPA, Lead, or Cadmium. Please be assured that all of our products are thoroughly tested and verified to meet applicable laws and regulations. In addition, each product undergoes extensive review by a team of safety experts and is tested by an independent lab.

      Happy Baking!

  6. margaret says:

    I was gifted with a Heart ShapedSpringform Pan 9″ x 2.75″, (Bar Code 0 70896 04320). I’ve never used it because the bottom falls out. It stayed it when I received it because of the cardboard support in the wrapping.

    Is it possible the metal will swell or something if I heat it in the oven for a period of time before actually using it for cake batter? I hope so as I love the pan and want to use it for Valentine’s Day. I hope someone will respond to my email address as I might miss it if the response is here on this screen!!!

  7. Cindy Brown says:

    Above you said the bakeware coatings do not contain PTFE, PFOA, BPA, Lead, or Cadmium. What do they contain?

  8. James Stahl says:

    Following up on Cindy Brown’s 8/26/18 question, to which I don’t see an answer, what does the non-stick coating on the Mega Baking Sheet (purchased at Walmart) contain?

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