Alternative Uses for Muffin Tins

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We were at a party the other day and the hostess had put her condiments into muffin tins, with a spoon for serving. It was a great idea. She had sliced onions in one, tomatoes in another, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. It was really easy for serving.

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If you are having a party and need a lot of ice, use muffin tins.The full size ones are great for ice too, because you get bigger ice and it will not melt as quick.

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December 4, 2004

I have two nonstick muffin pans that have rusted. I hate to throw them away. Any ideas what i can do with them? Thanks.

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By Lee-Ann (Guest Post)
July 27, 20040 found this helpful

You could use them for seedlings or as an organizer for nuts/bolts, etc.

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By Linda. (Guest Post)
July 27, 20040 found this helpful

If they are just a little rusted, I would just use them with paper cupcake liners.

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By Michelle (Guest Post)
July 27, 20040 found this helpful

could they still be used for cupcakes with liners?

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By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
July 28, 20040 found this helpful

You could spray paint it if you want it to look nice and let the kids use them for mixing paint colors. You could also use it to carry several cups of coffee when attending office meetings.

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July 28, 20040 found this helpful

I glued spanish moss in each cup. Then added minature eggs to 4 of them and put 4 plastic canvas chickens in the other ones. Hung it on my kitchen wall and have had lots of requests to make them. Really cute.

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August 31, 20040 found this helpful

plant flowers/herbs in them

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By Jubilant (Guest Post)
September 17, 20040 found this helpful

OK spray easy off... covering the pans completely.... spray lots... place inside a plasic bag. let sit for mmmm 45 minutes to an hour.... rinse and scrub with green scratch pad. repeat as needed until they are as clean as you like.... this also works on those pans that are "brown" from years of use. makes them look brand new! Be sure to NOT let the easy off dry on the pan. it is extremely hard to get off if it does. after cleaning spray lightly with pam and bake at 325 for 5 or so minutes then rewash as normal all will be right with your world

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November 16, 20040 found this helpful

They're great as sorting trays for beads, etc. My son uses them for counting practice. They're also good for holding change at garage sales.

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December 4, 20040 found this helpful

Recycle old muffin tins that have outlived their use for baking by using them to store small screws, nails, nuts and bolts in a utility drawer or on a garage or workroom shelf.

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May 25, 2019

When larger than normal ice cubes are in order, using muffin tins can make the size you need. They will last longer in a pitcher, beverage cooler or punch bowl.

Ice cubes made in a metal muffin tin.

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March 28, 2019

A great way to keep crisp taco shells upright is to use an upside down muffin tin as a holder. It will make them easy to fill. This is a page about using a muffin tin to hold taco shells.

A muffin tin holding taco shells for filling.

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February 28, 2018

Keep your stuffed bell peppers upright by placing them in muffin pans prior to baking. This is a page about using muffin tins for stuffed peppers.

Tri-colored sweet peppers placed in a muffin tin, ready for stuffing.

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May 23, 2017

If you grow zucchini, you may have some extra that you would want to freeze. Use a muffin tin to freeze your shredded zucchini into small portions.

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This is a page about use muffin tins to freeze shredded zucchini.

Muffin tin filled with grated zucchini.

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December 3, 2014

This is a page about crafts using muffin tins. These baking pans can be useful for organizing craft and paint supplies and creating unique decorations.

partial view of muffin tin

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