If you answered “yes”, then it’s time to refresh your baking pans.
Now I know that’s your favorite pan that bakes perfectly every time, but you absolutely should not bake with rusted pans or damaged non-stick pans.
Well, to start with, bacteria likes rust – think about tetanus!
Also, non-stick or coated pans use chemicals that can end up in your food when the surface is compromised by rust.
You can remove small amounts of iron rust from non-coated pans with a scourer and baking soda (or even sandpaper) but never-ever-ever from non-stick pans. Once non-stick pans start to rust and peel you HAVE to get rid of them.
To avoid new pans rusting try these tips:
- don’t put your pans in the dishwasher
- wash and dry your pans thoroughly but gently – scratches on pans lead to rust
- don’t allow knives or other metal utensils to scratch the surface of your pans (again, scratches on pans lead to rust)
- put towel-dried pans into a warm oven to completely dry out (I shouldn’t have to say it but I will – NOT the microwave people!)
- season your pans by wiping them with vegetable oil before storing (not olive oil as it’s too acidic)
- to completely avoid the rust issue, you can forgo metal pans altogether in favor of glass or silicon bakeware.
If you’ve got rusty or damaged cake pans it’s really time to get some new ones.
Baking with rusted or peeling bakeware is simply not worth the risk to you, your family and friends’ health.
But here’s the good news. I don’t believe you need to spend a fortune on bakeware. Your local supermarket or homeware store will have a range of baking pans. Catering suppliers are great places to buy good quality but cheap bakeware. Or you can get really well priced baking pan sets from Amazon at a range of prices to suit every budget. For example, the Sunbeam Carbon Steel, 5 piece baking set below is only $25.
Take action now – replace those pans!