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How To Carefully Select Baking Pans

May 16, 2008
For people who want to try baking for the first time, choosing a pan to use may seem like a small deal. You simply go to the store and pick a pan that you like. However, expert bakers and cooking aficionados will tell you that this should not be the case. There is more to choosing the right pan than meets the eye. The pan that is brought into play when making has a big impact on your cookies or any pastry that you had planned on baking. And when looking for perfection or at least a palatable cake, getting and using the right pan is the key. Here are a few tips that might help you in choosing the ideal pan for you to achieve delicious results.

Step one is to pull out your cooking books and check your recipes one by one. Generally, these recipes provide for details on what type of pan you should be using. This just means that not all pans were created equal. Each is made for a specific purpose. So if you are planning to bake a birthday cake, then your kitchen should be equipped with a cake pan.

Other specific and specialty pans include pizza pans, muffin pans, pie pans, bread or loaf pans, roast pans and even pans for your jelly rolls. Next thing to check on is the height and width of your oven as well as your refrigerator. Yes, that is right. Your pan must also be the right size to get into your oven and refrigerator. You may have the right pan to cook your muffins in but how can you bake them if your pan would not even fit your oven.

There are also lots of food recipes which involve cooling or even cooking the pastries by placing them inside the refrigerator. This is why it is also essential that you check if your refrigerator can accommodate such a pan. Choosing a pan with the right size is not too hard as usually the ones that are available in the market can easily fit in both.

If you are confused on which pans to get and find it too expensive to purchase all types then it is best that you start with three basic pans. These are the deep baking pan which you can use in making lasagna or your child's favorite brownies. Cookies have always been a favorite pastry in almost all households, so don't forget to get a cookie sheet. And then there's your basic sheet pan. If you want to go for something fancier and start going for specialty recipes like muffins or perhaps cheesecake, you may include in your purchase a round cake pan or a spring form pan which can serve the purpose.

Stay away from those pans that tend to bend quickly. Go for pans that are made up of aluminum or steel as these are sturdier than others. Keep in mind that the thicker your pan is, the more even the heat will be distributed thus you can be sure that your pan of muffins are getting equal warmth.
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