Most people look at bake ware or baking equipment in terms of the baking process. They look at the things that the equipment does before they bake, as well as during the baking process. This is all well and good and this is definitely a great place to start.
After all, you’re looking for equipment that will enable you to achieve certain results. You are looking to bake muffins that come out steaming, fluffy, moist, and oh so delicious. Muffins are great because their taste and overall value revolve around both the quality of the ingredients and their texture. This is why you need to be very careful when look at different muffin pans.
It may seem like these pieces of baking equipment are generic and pretty much one in the same. It’s too easy to look at the selection process with the attitude of “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” While it is too easy, you should not allow yourself to think along those lines because if you do, you end up not getting the full value of the hard earned dollars you’ve invested in this particular bake ware.
Do yourself a big favor and follow the six tips below so you can clean your muffin pans properly. It may seem like you’re just wasting a few extra minutes here and there but believe me, those few minutes add up to quite a bit especially if you have a very busy and hectic schedule.
Most Americans don’t have the luxury of time. Once you miss one minute, you’ve lost it permanently. Do yourself a big favor and make sure that you work with your muffin pans in such a way so as to facilitate efficient and effective cleaning.
Cook the right recipes
The first thing that you need to do is to bake the right recipes. Some recipes are notoriously messy. They require ingredients that stick to the sides of your muffin pans. Just by looking at the recipe, you can tell whether it’s going to be a headache baking that recipe or not.
If you don’t want to make it hard on yourself cleaning up the pans after you bake, cook the right recipes. Now, if you have a lot of time then it’s okay to bake particularly messy recipes but if you don’t have the time, make sure that you cook recipes that are very easy to clean up.
Use pans the way they are supposed to be used
After you’ve picked the right recipe, make sure you use the pan in the way it’s supposed to be used. Don’t overstuff them. Don’t spill ingredients or mixture all over the surface. Use them the way they’re supposed to be used. Don’t be sloppy. A little bit of attention to detail can go a long way when it comes to saving time and energy cleaning up these pans.
Don’t chip the non-stick surface
Why are muffin pans for the most part easy to clean? The answer should be obvious: their non-stick surface. This is the reason why you don’t have to usually break a sweat when cleaning up a muffin pan.
Unfortunately, your muffin pan is going to be a chore to clean up if you chip the non-stick surface of your pans. Of course, this is not going to happen overnight. Pans that are very messy tend to be chipped over an extended period of time. If you want to continue using those pans, try to minimize chipping the non-stick surface.
The way to do this is to be very careful when removing muffins. Don’t just jam a butter knife or a fork down there to dislodge it. If you keep doing that, the non-sick surface of your muffin pans will be compromised and they would not remain non-stick for long.
Soak in water
Even if your non-stick surface has been compromised and there’s a bit of stuff that’s stuck to the surface if your muffin pan, do not despair. You only need to dissolve some dishwashing soap in water and then soak the pan in water. Preferably overnight.
If you do this, then you just need to wipe down the softened debris that’s stuck to the surface of your pan. In fact, in many cases, if you soak the pan overnight, you just need to run the pan over hard running water and be done with it. That’s how effective soaking can be.
You can soap down the muffin pan to thoroughly dissolve some stuff that remained stuck on its surface. If you pair this with soaking the pan, you should have no problems. Now, if you did not soak the pan, soaping down can take a little bit elbow grease.
Use a sponge, not steel wool or anything abrasive
It should be fairly obvious that you need to protect the non-stick surface of your pan at all costs. You don’t want to use anything abrasive. You don’t want to use steel wool. You don’t want to use any hard item that can scratch or wear down the non-stick surface. Protect the non-stick surface, and your muffin pan would be very easy to clean for a long time to come.