If you bake a lot of muffins, you probably have handled more than your fair share of muffin pans. Muffin pans are crucial to a wide range of baking activities. You should know this firsthand. Chances are, you don’t just use these pans to prepare muffins. You probably have also used them for cupcakes, other baked goods, and also for non-baked items.
They are very handy. They are also very versatile. With that said, you may be in the market for a new set of pans and might be tempted by the low price of muffin pans that don’t have a non-stick surface. After all, you may be thinking at the back of your head that a muffin pan is a muffin pan, just how different are non-stick pans from regular pans? What difference if any, does a non-stick surface make at the end of the day?
Of course, when these thoughts cross your mind, they really swirl around the greater issue and temptation of savings. You’d be surprised as to how creative your mind can get when it comes to coming up with excuses, justifications, or rationales to go with one particular course of action instead of another. Of course, a lot of people make purchasing decisions primarily based on impulse. They let their emotions get the better of them and later on when asked to explain their decision, that’s the point in time where they come up with some sort of a rational-sounding explanation.
Keep this in mind when it comes to deciding the issue of whether non-stick muffin pans are superior or not. As I mentioned above, most people ask this question primarily when it comes time to decide whether to pick up a lower cost pan that happens to lack a non-stick surface. Let this article be the definitive answer to that question. Let this answer put to rest this question and whatever variations this question takes.
Make no mistake about it, this question will crop up in your mind over and over again because there’s lots of muffin pans out there that don’t have a non-stick surface that are very, very cheap. In many cases you would think twice or you would even feel a little bit guilty letting those deals slip through your fingers.
Well, let’s put this issue to rest once and for all. Are non-stick muffin pans superior? The short answer, absolutely. There are no two ways about it. This should settle the question so here is the long answer. Why are non-stick muffin pans such a better deal compared to muffin pans with regular surfaces?
They make baking quick
The first thing that you need to understand is when you put your mixtures into the slots on your muffin pans, you can rest assured that when it comes time to take the baked items out of the pan, you would not have a tough time. You would not have to dig through the muffins. you don’t have to gouge them up with a fork. You don’t have to screw around with a butter knife. You only need to flip the muffin pan over, give it a quick tap at the end and you’re good to go.
As long as you mix the right ingredients and there’s enough fat or butter in the mix, you are good to go. That’s how quick muffin pans make muffin making or cupcake making.
If the process described above doesn’t strike you as easy, I don’t know what will. It doesn’t get any easier than just putting your mixture into the slots, putting the muffin pan into the oven at the right temperature, waiting the designated time, going back to the oven, opening the oven door, taking out the pan, letting it cool for some time, after the pan has stood at room temperature for a few minutes, you then flip the pan over, give the back a quick whack, and you’re done.
It doesn’t get any simpler than this. There is no guesswork involved. There is definitely no sweat involved– quick and easy. What’s not to love?
Easier to clean up
If quick and easy baking operations are not enough to get you to sit up, pay attention, and get excited, check this out. After you have tapped out all your muffins from your muffin pan, you only need to run the pan over some running water and possibly wipe down with a sponge with some soapy water, you then run the muffin pan under tap water, and you’re done. Quick and easy. No mess, no unnecessary drama.
Better end product
Non-stick surfaces conduct heat in such a way that there is a uniform look to the baked goods you prepared. None of the items are stuck to the muffin pan’s slots. If you know what you’re doing, your muffins would look professionally baked. For all the reasons listed above and there are many other reasons, the extra cost of non-stick muffin pans is definitely worth it.