Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Bakeware Basics and other Cookware topics.
Like cookware, bakeware comes in many different materials these days. Here's a primer of the differences between them, along with some cleaning tips!
• Non-stick bakeware. These will all come with a non-stick coating that provides for easy clean-up with just soap and water. Be sure to dry thoroughly. Care tip: Never spray these coatings with non-stick spray as they can become lodged in the porous surfaces and create a residue. Also, you'll need to use silicone or wooden utensils for removing food.
• Cast iron bakeware. This includes dutch ovens for baking casseroles and some classic biscuit pans for creating just the perfect biscuit: crunchy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Look for cast-iron bakeware that has been pre-seasoned! Cooking tip: a cast-iron skillet can double as a frittata pan because it goes easily from stove to oven.
• Flexible Bakeware: These collections are made from shiny silicone so they are naturally non-stick. Removal of foods is a snap due to the flexibility and surface of the container. Care tip: This new bakeware is oven-safe, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe and microwave-ready. What could be easier? Although, you'll need silicone utensils to go with them.
• Ceramic bakeware: A few pieces of these are a necessity for cooking casseroles and baked meals, plus they come in great colors for fun kitchen decorating. Care tip: Be careful during the clean-up as glass, ceramic and enameled cast-iron can easily be chipped.
• Stainless steel bakeware: Cookie pans, sifters, rolling pins, cookie and biscuit cutters and more. Care tip: Easy soap and water cleanup, but be sure to dry thoroughly to avoid water spots and stains.