How to Clean Your Muffin Pan

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There are lots of things to love about baking. Every Baker will tell you that there is a certain magic that goes into creating some delicious baked good from scratch, and it is incredibly satisfying to watch all the faces of your friends and loved ones brighten up when they tasty delicious baked good that you have made with your own two hands.

There’s more than that too. The fact is that watching the baked good rise in the pan, and take shape is incredibly exhilarating and satisfying on the part of the Baker. It is like watching a well-orchestrated plan come together, and for many that feeling never quite gets old.

There’s also the smell of baking, people love the smell of vanilla filling the air, and there is no better way to make a house feel like a home then filling it with the sweet sense associated with baking. It’s a form of magic in and of itself, and it beats the tar out of any incense or other means of making your house smell nice.

Finally, there is the challenge involved. People love to rise to a challenge, and for a beginner even cooking something basic can be something of a thrill. What is especially satisfying, however, is improving your skills and taking on harder and harder challenges so that you can become the best baker that you can be.

For all the good, however, there is one thing that bakers almost universally hate across the board. Ask any baker and they will tell you that cleaning up after baking is a pain in the butt, and can cost you valuable time and energy.

There is one piece of equipment in particular that seems to give people trouble, and that is the muffin tray. Oftentimes people will complain that their muffin tray is dirty with baked on mess that they have trouble removing.

The good news is that with just a little bit of time you can learn how to clean your muffin tray with ease, and you can improve the look and overall quality of your best muffin pan. To help you understand exactly how to do this we have compiled a quick and easy guide, so you can get back to doing what you do best: baking.

Proper Cleaning

Almost as important as knowing the right way to clean your muffin pan, is understanding exactly what you should not do with your muffin pan. There is a huge group of people that take to their muffin pan with abrasive objects that will over all harm the look and effectiveness of your muffin pan. It is essential that individuals avoid doing so at all costs. It may be tempting to clean your muffin pan in the quickest and easiest way possible, but the reality is in the long run it will cost you time and money and that you will have to replace your now damaged muffin pan.

Do not use abrasive material to clean your muffin pan as it is both damaging and entirely unnecessary. There is a right way to clean your muffin pan that will not in any way damaged, and we will go into that now.

First, you will need a few things. Be sure you have the following on hand: a sponge, warm water, baking soda, dish soap, and a nylon brush. If you do not have a nylon brush, a simple every day sponge will likely do.

First, what you want to do is set up the solution that you will use to safely clean your muffin pan.

The solution is a simple one: it’s simply only has warm water and baking soda. What you want to do is measure out exactly 2 tablespoons of baking soda. The baking soda is the active ingredient that will cleanly remove the mess from your muffin tray without compromising the overall effectiveness of said tray. Do you have measured out 2 tablespoons of baking soda, what you want to do is add that to warm water. Mix the warm water and baking soda until the baking soda is entirely dissolved. It’s a simple as that, and you have made the perfect cleaning solution for your muffin tray.

Now, what you will want to do is preheat your oven to 350°. The key is that preheating your oven and using it to clean will use the power of baking soda and he to safely use your many tools at your disposal to clean the muffin pan without the compromising force of abrasive materials.

While the oven is preheating, add the solution of baking soda and water to each of the cops in your muffin tray. Do you want to be sure to fill them as close to the top as possible so that you clean as much of the muffin pan as possible. Once the tray is filled with the solution and the oven is preheated you can put the muffin pan in the oven.

Once in the oven, leave the pan in the oven for exactly 20 minutes. Once the pan has been in the oven for 20 minutes you can remove it carefully while being sure not to spill any on the floor or on your hands. Caution: it goes without saying but the water will be hot! Exercise caution when removing it from the oven.

Once the opportunity for the water to cool has passed, simply pour out the water and take your sponge or nylon brush in hand. Scrub away at the point in which the gunk has formed on your muffin pan. You will find that it brushes away with ease. On those areas that are a little tougher, simply take your nylon brush and scrub a little harder. Because nylon does not act as an abrasive material, you can scrub as hard as you would like without compromising the integrity of your muffin pan.

Once you were done scrubbing you will find that your muffin pan is looking as good as new. Simply return it to yourself and you will find that it is ready to go just as soon as you need it next.

Final Thoughts

That’s it, it’s as simple as that. Now you know how to clean your muffin pan without the traditional headache associated with scrubbing and scrubbing. You can get back to exactly what you love, which is baking, and you can spend less time in the sink doing what you hate: cleaning.

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Kate

I’d been soaking and scrubbing and struggling for 2 1/2 days with baked on food in a muffin pan. I was skeptical, but this worked like a charm.

April

This worked great! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.