Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Six Questions about Replacing Rusty Aluminum Baking Pans

I wanted to use the last of my in-laws rhubarb to make a peach and rhubarb crumble. My glass baking dish was already in use. I rooted around in the back of the cupboard for a metal baking pan of the same size.

I was very surprised to find that the inside of my metal baking pan was rusty! I checked the rest of my cake pans and they are rusty too. How can this happen? I don’t use these pans very often!

Has this ever happened to you?

My first thought was to use sandpaper to remove the rust and save my baking pans. Then I remembered that aluminum has to be coated with something to make it food safe. If I sanded off the rust, I’d sand off the coating and that would make matters worse when I used the pans.

My best bet will be to replace the rusty baking pans with a new set. Now I have even more questions about what to get because I got my current pans as a Christmas gift.



  • Do they make an aluminum baking pan with a safe non stick or regular coating?
  • Do they make stainless steel baking pans? They wouldn’t rust, and I wouldn’t have to worry if there was BPA in the pan liner material.
  • Do they make cast iron baking pans? I know you can bake in a cast iron skillet and they make enameled cast iron casserole dishes but both of those would make a wonky shaped cake I think.
  • Silicone is supposed to be an inert plastic and is considered safe. I have silicone oven mitts and like them. I’m leaning toward silicone baking pans because I’m curious. Have you tried it? Did you like it?
  • On the other hand, should I just throw caution to the wind and buy the Springform pan I have always wanted. I don’t bake cakes and tarts as much as I would like (and my waistline is thankful for that.) I hope that if I buy a quality pan, it won’t rust.

Do you have any recommendations or pros and cons? What would you do?

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