Tips for Greasing Pans

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Parchment paper is the cook's friend. It keeps food from sticking to baking pans, eliminates having to soak in dish water to clean, and also is healthier for you. No need to add oil or nonstick sprays to your bake ware.

By carlan wright from Crane, MO

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I buy a roll of parchment paper and use it to line my cake pans when baking layer cakes. No need to grease the pan.

In some of my idle time, I tear off a piece about 2 feet square and fold it in half on the diagonal. I then take my cake pan and draw around it with a pencil. Cut out 2 circles at once with scissors, cutting slightly inside the drawn line. I do this to the whole roll or as much as time permits, then they are ready whenever I'm ready to bake.


After baking and cooling for 10 minutes, I run a butter knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the sides and flip out onto my hand. The paper peels off easily. This also works with thin brown paper bags if you can get them.

By kraftykaren from Mobile, AL

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I save all the wrappers from sticks of butter and keep them in a zipper bag in my freezer. When you need to butter a cake pan or casserole dish, just take out a butter wrapper. There is usually enough butter left on the wrapper to coat your pan.

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November 12, 2012

To butter your baking pans easily, and with less mess, use a frozen stick of butter. Just unwrap the end of the stick and run it around your pan.

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July 28, 2005

Do silicone pans need to be greased? I'm using my little ones for the first time to make molten lava cakes and I want to make sure they come out properly. Thank you for your help - what a great site this is.




July 28, 20050 found this helpful

The silicon baking pans absolutely must be greased!

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By Alice Williamson (Guest Post)
October 22, 20070 found this helpful

I sprayed Pam in my silicone muffin pan and they still stuck. What did I do wrong?

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December 10, 2010

I do a lot of baking and make all my own bread. For greasing pans, I keep a container half full with shortening and I keep a small plastic baggy inside. When I am ready to grease my bread pan, I slip my hand into the bag , grease my pan, I then slip my hand back out of the bag and leave it there for the next time. One little baggy lasts quit a while. No more greasy hands and it is much easier to grease the entire pan, including corners.


By June from Toronto,Canada

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September 1, 2009

If you are making a recipe that requires you to grease the pan and one of the ingredients is oleo (margarine). I grease the pan with the oleo wrapper. There is always some that sticks to the paper when unfolding the oleo. Saves time and money.

By Mary

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September 1, 2009

When preparing a pan for baking and the recipe calls to grease and flour the pan, save your butter paper when you unwrap butter and put them in the freezer in a ziploc bag so you can just wipe them on the pan. Use powdered sugar to flour your pans. It not only adds a special taste to the cake but won't leave a white crown on the top of the item you cooked. The best part is, I have never had a cake or quick bread stick.


By J Walker from Salt Lake City Utah

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