Find out which is the best bakeware for all your baking needs.
When you’re shopping for bakeware, think about what it’s made from. Some bakeware takes longer to heat up than others, some have a better presentation than others, etc. We break down some of the different kinds of best bakeware for you.
Glass bakeware will take longer to heat up when compared to ceramic or metal dishes. However, it will stay hot longer, too. Glass bakeware looks nicer than metal, which makes it a great option for a party or gathering. On the other hand, it can be quite heavy, and can break more easily than metal.
Metal bakeware heats up and cools down quickly. It’s the best bakeware for food that needs to be baked at a high heat in a short amount of time. Most recipes are catered to using metal bakeware. The downfall of metal bakeware is the cleanup. You need to thoroughly dry the pan or put it back in the oven to evaporate any moisture. Lightly coating a metal pan with oil will help prevent it from rusting. This type of bakeware can be made from different metals. It can also be insulated or come with a nonstick coating.
Most metal bakeware you’ll see will be made from aluminum. Aluminum bakeware is popular because it’s affordable, lightweight and cooks evenly. It’s the best bakeware if you’re just starting in the world of baking. However, aluminum can easily stain if you use it at too high a heat or bake with deep-colored food, such as curry.
Stainless steel is another great option because it’s dishwasher safe and can take a beating. This durable bakeware is also inexpensive. Stainless steel takes longer to heat up than other metal bakeware, and heat does not always distribute evenly.
You’ll also find some nonstick metal bakeware. Nonstick bakeware is coated with a finish that makes cleanup easy. Keep in mind that using metal utensils can scratch and ruin the finish. Use silicone or wooden utensils with nonstick bakeware.
Insulated cookie sheets are popular because they cook slowly, helping to prevent baked goods from burning. This bakeware is made from two sheets of metal sandwiched together, with a pocket of air in the middle. They can be used for more delicate recipes, like tuiles and meringue.
Many casserole dishes and gratin pans are made from clay or porcelain. Ceramic bakeware typically has an enamel finish, which is easy to clean up. This is great for when you make lasagna or other messy dishes. Ceramic bakeware heats up evenly and stays warm, similar to glass bakeware. It can also handle high heat, and drastic temperature changes.
Stoneware is considered some of the best bakeware around. It’s made from heavy clay and fired at a higher temperature than ceramic bakeware. Stoneware is durable and and heavier than ceramic bakeware. Typically, stoneware is not glazed or decorated. Food can actually keep cooking with stoneware even after you take it out of the oven. Keep that in mind when you’re following a recipe. It’s also very heavy and can break if dropped.
Silicone bakeware is flexible and has an easy cleanup. It’s the best bakeware for small kitchens with little storage space. The bakeware can easily be rolled up for storage. Silicone can also withstand high temps. It can also stand quick temperature changes, such as going straight from the freezer to the oven. On the other hand, silicone bakeware can be easily damaged if not handled properly. Sharp kitchen tools can ruin silicone. Don’t place it directly on the stove top or an open flame. Don’t use abrasive cleaning tools on silicone bakeware. Silicone is nonstick, making cleanup a breeze.