Debra Lynn Dadd

Muffin Pans

QUESTION:

The only nonstick cookware in my home are the muffin pans. I want to get rid of these pans, but my children love organic muffins with raspberries from the garden. The only alternative I have found are cast iron; however, the reviews of the Lodge cast iron muffin pans state the muffin size is smaller than normal. Do you know of any other safe muffin pans or cast iron versions that offer regular size muffins?

POSTED BY JENNIFER LANCE :: ECO CHILD'S PLAY :: WWW.ECOCHILDSPLAY.COM :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 02/15/2007 12:16 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I don't know offhand. I have some unknown metal ones that are non-stick, but I've had them for years and rarely make muffins.

Readers?

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I don't know if there is any concren over Pampered chef products but I have a great stoneware muffin pan from them. I love it.

POSTED BY GINA :: KENTUCKY USA :: 02/16/2007 11:57 AM


What about silicone bakeware?

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Type "silicone" into my website search engine to find the answer.


POSTED BY LBURGESS :: NEW YORK USA :: 02/19/2007 1:40 PM


I would suggest that you use aluminum muffin tins. They conduct heat evenly and are easy to find in a non-stick version. I bought mine at a restaurant supply store, and they sell tins that make three sizes of muffins - mini, regular, and large. I don't think you should have any concern about using aluminum for baking since problems with increased aluminum leaching occurs when cooking acidic foods like tomatoes. Baking should be no problem, but, if you are concerned, you can line the muffin tins with silicone muffin cups.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Or use unbleached paper muffin cup liners, available at most natural food stores.


POSTED BY JUSTINE :: BC CANADA :: 02/19/2007 1:47 PM


I've decided to buy the stoneware muffin pan from Pampered Chef. Thank you everyone!

POSTED BY JENNIFER LANCE :: ECO CHILD'S PLAY :: WWW.ECOCHILDSPLAY.COM :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 02/20/2007 3:47 AM


Thanks for your suggestions. I do use the unbleached muffin liners in my nonstick pans, but I do want to get away from any nonstick pans. I also want to avoid aluminum.

POSTED BY JENNIFER LANCE :: ECO CHILD'S PLAY :: WWW.ECOCHILDSPLAY.COM :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 02/20/2007 3:48 AM


Hi everyone!
I use ceramic ramekins to bake my muffins...they are fun to use, come in different sizes, and give color to the morning breakfast.I also like them because i can use them for other purposes and I do not have an ugly metal pan sitting in the glass cupboards . When I want to make cupcakes, I use the unbleached paper cupcake holders. I just place enough of them within a round casserole dish so that each one is touching lightly, and bake as usual. They come out just fine :-)
Christine

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: What a great "thinking outside the box" idea! I love being able to use things for double duty.

POSTED BY CHRISTINE :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 02/23/2007 1:20 PM


I'm really lazy and bake my muffins, or muffin-cake as I call it, in an 8"x8" pan for 40 instead of 20 minutes. Then I cut it into squares or scone-like shapes.
Simchah

POSTED BY SIMCHAH :: NEW YORK USA :: 02/27/2007 3:20 PM


I found stainless steel muffin pans from Farberware. Work well w/unbleached paper liners, and clean-up is a breeze...I put them in the dishwasher.

POSTED BY MARYANNE :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 03/05/2007 9:10 AM


I use metal muffins tins made by Wilton, I too do not want to use non stick or aluminum. I than use the unbleached muffin cups to put on these. I also use ceramic ramkins and they are alot of fun!

POSTED BY CINDY WALKER :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 03/26/2007 12:45 PM


Stoneware muffin pans--Pampered Chef has them.

I love them!

POSTED BY CLEMENTINE :: ILLINPIS USA :: 05/15/2007 4:53 PM


I found a stainless steel muffin tin on the Bed Bath and Beyond website. It wasn't cheap, but it is wonderful quality and seems like it will last forever. Plus, it's a small price to pay to avoid cooking with non-stick or aluminum. I also use the unbleached baking cups. They also had a stainless steel cookie sheet which I have and recommend as well.

POSTED BY KELLEY :: MA USA :: 08/14/2007 12:13 PM


The following (below) was posted in answer to Debra's "Finding safe muffin pans". I wanted to ask Christine what size ceramic ramekins that she uses. I have been trying to find individual ceramic muffin pans. How can I contact Christine? Thank you for your help.

Thanks,
Brenda

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I can answer this one. She isn't using "ceramic muffin pans", she is making her muffins in "ceramic ramekins". A ramekin is a ceramic cup that comes in many styles and colors (see ramekin photos for different varieties). The cups are similar in size and shape to muffin tins, but ceramic and individual. She probably uses the 1/2 cup size.

Hi everyone!
I use ceramic ramekins to bake my muffins...they are fun to use, come in different sizes, and give color to the morning breakfast.I also like them because i can use them for other purposes and I do not have an ugly metal pan sitting in the glass cupboards . When I want to make cupcakes, I use the unbleached paper cupcake holders. I just place enough of them within a round casserole dish so that each one is touching lightly, and bake as usual. They come out just fine :-)
Christine COMMENT FROM DEBRA: What a great "thinking outside the box" idea! I love being able to use things for double duty.

POSTED BY CHRISTINE :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 02/23/2007 1:20 PM



POSTED BY BRENDA :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 10/30/2007 12:11 AM


Pyrex and Anchor make small glass ramekin type bowls (6oz.) - they are perfect muffin size and are great for baking muffins safely. You will have to grease them since they are not non-stick, but you can set several on a cookie sheet and bake many muffins together. I've found these bowls at grocery stores and at BB&B and Linens & Things.

POSTED BY KIM :: GEORGIA USA :: 11/02/2007 10:32 AM


Where can I find the individual ceramic muffin ramekins that you are talking about? They are exactly what I have been searching for and have not found any yet. Thanks.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: You can get them at any cooking store such as Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table. Usually they are white ceramic, I just got some clear glass ones at Sur La Table.


POSTED BY JKON :: NH USA :: 01/08/2008 11:34 AM


Thanks Debra. I know what you are talking about the white ones. I am looking for a little more fancy onces like pottery. Any help there?

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Try Crate & Barrel and Sur La Table. I've seen more decorative ones in both those stores.


POSTED BY JKON :: NH USA :: 01/14/2008 12:55 PM


After reading Debra's explanation that silicone is a safe alternative, we bought a muffin pan made out of this. It is so awesome to not have to use paper cups, or non-stick spray--and hardly any washing of the pan is required! (we bought an actual 12-muffin "pan" made of silicone rather than the silicone muffin CUPS. The cups are ridged and are difficult to clean.)

POSTED BY GAYE :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 01/17/2008 5:05 PM


I have purchased Chicago Metallic Commercial muffin pans and cookie sheets. They are made of aluminized steel. I love them. My biscuits and cookies never stick to the cookie sheets and I don't grease the pan. The muffin pans work very well also. I bought them online.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Mmmm...I'm not sure about this one. "Aluminized steel" is steel that has been hot-dip coated with aluminum-silicone. Don't know how this might be different from just using aluminum pans, and it sure wouldn't be different from using silicone muffin pans (for those of you who are concerned about that).


POSTED BY DEBBIE :: KENTUCKY USA :: 01/28/2008 11:23 AM


Google POLISH POTTERY MUFFIN PAN and you will find gorgeous muffin pans all lead free. Expensive but beautiful. Also for less expensive goodle Bennington Pottery in Vermont. They make muffin pans in many colors in safe pottery.

POSTED BY EA :: GEORGIA USA :: 01/30/2009 2:39 PM


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