Everyone loves buttermilk soft muffins. It would be great if in our kitchen there is always a batch of cakes available. However, one thing that scares us about making muffins is cleaning the pan later. So have you known how to clean the muffin pan the fastest way? Let’s find out with KITCHENBAR in this article!
How to Clean Muffin Pan: Soak the Tin Pan with a Dryer Sheet
Fill the sink with warm water
Turn the sink water to both hot and cold and let the water run for a few seconds, adjusting as needed until the water is warm but not hot. Then, plug in the sink so that the warm water is about ¾ way up.
If grease or grime is particularly clumping, adding a little dish soap to warm water will help loosen the stain even more.
Place muffin pan and dryer sheets in warm water
Place the muffin pan in the sink with the muffin holes facing up. Try to drown it as much as possible. Then, flatten 1 or 2 dryer sheets in the water over the holes of the muffin pan.
While 1 dryer sheet will probably work with most pans, if your muffin pans have a lot of grease and old dirt clumps up, you may need to use 2 dryer sheets.
Let the muffin pan soak for at least an hour
Let your muffin pans soak in water with the dryer sheets overnight for best results. This will give the detergent additives in the drying plate more time to dissolve and wash away more grease. However, if you need to use them sooner or want to clean them quickly, let them soak for at least 1 hour.
Use a spatula or sponge to wash away any residue
While soaking with the dryer sheets, a lot of grease and dirt will flake off and fall out of the muffin pan on its own. However, if there is still residue after soaking the pan, you can use a spatula to scrape the food off the pan and use a sponge to wipe away the grease.
After wiping away any remaining dirt, you can give your muffin pan a final rinse with dish soap and warm water to remove chemical residue from the dryer sheets.
How to Clean Muffin Pan: Baking Grease and Abrasive Tin Pan
Dissolve the baking soda in the warm water while preheating the oven
First, set the oven to preheat to 350°F (177°C). While the oven is preheating, measure out and pour 2 tablespoons (25 grams) of baking soda into a bowl filled with 1 quart (0.95 L) US warm water.
Until the baking soda is completely dissolved, stir the mixture.
While you can toast some grease and grime off a tin muffin pan with just water, adding baking soda will help loosen and remove more stubborn residue.
Pour the baking soda and water mixture into each muffin hole
Fill each hole until about 2/3 full. Don’t worry if a little grease gets on the pan – the steam from the solution combined with the heat from the oven will help you clean the top of the pan as well.
For 8 to 20 minutes you can bake the muffin pan
If your muffin pan has a lot of stale grease, you may need to bake the pan for 20 minutes. If you’re just trying to clean it up after one use, you can just bake it for 8 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven
Once the muffin pan and solution are done baking, remove it from the oven and pour the baking soda solution into the sink. Then, place the pan on a heat-safe surface and let it cool enough that you can handle it, but not too long for it to cool completely.
Make sure you use oven gloves to protect your hands when you handle hot pans.
Scrub the muffin pan with dish soap and warm water
Pour a dime-sized amount of dish soap onto a sponge or nylon bristle brush and scrub the pan to remove any remaining grease and dirt. While the baking pan with the baking soda solution will loosen and remove some stains, there may still be some stains that need to be scrubbed.
If you use a stiff bristle brush, be sure to choose a nylon brush to scrub your pan clean without scratching the tin. You can also use a microfiber cloth or the soft side of a sponge. After you’ve scrubbed the pan, rinse it with water to remove soap residue so it’s ready to use.
How to Clean Muffin Pan: Wash the Silicone Muffin Pan
Place the pan in the sink under very hot running water
First, turn the sink water on as hot as possible, let it run for a few seconds to heat up as much as possible. Then, carefully place the silicone muffin pan under the tap.
If your sink water is too hot, you may need to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin.
Letting the pan pre-rinse the hot water will help some of the grease or baked goods that cling to it to begin to peel off, making it easier to clean.
Scrub the pan with dish soap and a sponge
While rinsing the pan under water, spray a dime-sized amount of dish soap onto a sponge. Then, rub all over the muffin pan, rinsing with hot water if needed.
You may need a little more time to brush the inside of the muffin holes, as the edges can be a little hard to reach.
Rinse the pan and shake to remove some of the excess water
After scrubbing thoroughly, hold the muffin pan under running water to wash away any soap and residue. After rinsing, turn off the water and shake the pan gently so it doesn’t run out of water but is still slightly wet.
Mix baking soda with a little water to make a cleaning paste
If there is still some grease and dirt on the muffin pan after you scrub it with dish soap and water, use a baking soda paste to loosen and remove it. To make a thick paste, pour about 2 tablespoons (25 grams) of baking soda into a bowl with a little water. Use a spoon to mix the baking soda and water together, adding more baking soda or water if needed to form a paste with a texture similar to toothpaste.
Instead of creating the mixture in a bowl, you can also pour baking soda directly onto the pan immediately after rinsing while the pan is still wet. Then, use your fingers or a spoon to mix the baking soda with the water left over from the wash to make a paste.
Apply the mixture to the grease and dirt stains
Use your fingers or a spatula to spread a thick layer of baking soda over the stains on the pan. Make sure you completely cover any stubborn grease or dirt.
Let the baking soda mixture dry completely on the pan
The mixture can take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour to dry, depending on your thickness. The baking soda will absorb the grease as it dries, making it easier to clean the muffin pan.
Use a sponge to clean the baking soda mixture from the pan
Once the mixture is completely dry and hard to the touch, rinse again under hot water to remove the mixture. While washing, pour a dime-sized amount of dish soap on the sponge and scrub the pan again to ensure that all the mixture is removed and with it any remaining grease.
How to Keep Your Muffin Pan Clean
- Cover the muffin pan with aluminum foil – tuck it into the edges.
- In the center of each hole, cut a small X.
- Open slightly to allow the lining to be pushed in easily.
- Press a liner into each opened hole.
Bake your muffins or cupcakes – remove from pan – remove and discard aluminum foil. Pack your muffin pan for later use. No cleaning! It works! But yes, you will eventually have to wash it off.
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