Well, my baking trays are all on the way out. What do you do then? At the moment I am buying eco-foil and covering them to keep using the same ones. I am definitely happier doing that than buying new teflon-covered trays. But would it be better still to throw these ones and replace them with something non-teflon? We don’t have a whole lot of money, is another factor! I bake bread every few days, oven roast vegetables frequently, and sometimes bake other stuff (cookies, flapjack, fairy cakes etc).
I so don’t even know what other options are, all the baking trays and cake trays I’ve seen recently have been teflon covered…
I’ve so been there - never seemed to find baking trays that lasted well and tried the same as you with lining them but eventually got fed up of doing that.
I have replaced mine now with glass baking trays when they were on an offer recently (I don’t like spending money I haven’t got ), and they are fantastic - clean up perfectly so I think they’ll last forever barring any accidents . Might be worth looking around for any offers on them.
I’ve never even seen glass ones! I suppose I could get me to a large “proper” bake-ware type shop LOL. Do you know if muffin/cake tins exist of that sort? Again the decision between silicon/paper is a pain currently - I’m not convinced I want to use silicone cake cases, but paper is wasteful. Ack!
Oh not sure about muffins and cakes, I think pyrex might do a flan style one but not sure about larger cake style ones. I’ve seen glass base cake tins, the ones with the spring type ring (although that’s metal). I’m afraid I use a silicone mould for muffins and paper cases but I agree it’s wasteful, not sure what the best alternative would be.
For roasting and flat tins I recommend stainless steel if you can find it. My parents gave us a stainless steel roasting pan and it is fab - cooks and cleans really well.
If I was back in the UK I would recycle any metal in the curbside recycling boxes - or on a trip to the household recycling centre (‘tip’ in the olden days).
I used to line my flaky old baking trays with parchment, but then found some enamel ones which clean up well and don’t even seem to need greasing. They are the black enamel with tiny white flecks and I found tham on offer in TK Maxx, not too expensive
My Mom has some good enamel ones she’s had for years (I mean 30+ probably) and they are fantastic. However she bought a new one a few years ago and it was rubbish (chipped and scratched in no time) so look out for a good name in them if you go for enamel as the quality must vary. Never thought of stainless steel - they’d last well too.
If I had the money I would have bought ceramic ones - I think le crueset do some but they were out of my budget when I bought the glass ones.
I skimped for ages on mine - but got really sad when I kept making nice quiches and they fell apart when I was getting them out of the tin. So now I have bought Lakeland ones. They were three for the price of two. Teflon coated or not - (don’t know) I am so happy with them as the quiches just fall out nicely and Babes loves wee quiches.
Yep, I bought one of these when I went to a pampered chef party, just a small one, as they are pretty expensive, but it really is good and stuff cleans off it really well. Haven’t had much success with flapjacks for some reason, but otherwise great. I bought an enamel tray from Tesco a few years ago and that is also brilliant and much better than any non-stick. I would make sure it feels solid and heavy if you go for one and would also suggest TK Maxx if there is one near you.
I would also recommed TK Maxx - you never know what you might find, slighty OT example, but I got a set of sabatiar knives for £20 (MMRP £80 IIRC) years ago in TK Maxx, you can really drop lucky and find really pricey stuff very cheaply.