Do you have a muffin pan? Well, I have several awesome and amazing hacks that you’ll want to start using in your home today!
Whether you want to use an old muffin pan that is starting to fall apart or a new muffin tin from the Dollar Tree. These hacks are useful and easily adjusted from a smaller pan to a large one.
Muffin Pan Hacks
1. Office and Desk Storage
I placed office supplies in the aluminum muffin pan and it slid easily in my drawer. Paper clips, rubber bands, binder clips, thumb tacks, white out, paper clips, etc. All of these fit great in a little pan like this.
2. Paint Tray
I like to use one of these cupcake pans as my paint tray. I place the different paints in the cups and I even put water in one of them for rinsing brushes. This is great because it also carries over to the sink well and cleans out with ease. I also used this with my kids when they were younger.
3. Snack Tray
I like to fill nonstick pans up with a variety of snacks and sweet treats. I have placed them on our homework table, taken them outside, used them on road trips, family movie nights, and more. It was also great when I had groups of kids over and they could fill their little muffin pan up with the items like liked and carry them to the table.
You can use a jumbo muffin pan to hold even more if you like.
4. Drink Tray
I have found that you can get several kinds of cups that fit into the best muffin pan nicely for serving drinks without them tipping over. In this photo, you’ll see I’m using small glasses filled with water. I have used dixie cups, red solo cups, and others and fill them with whatever beverage I’m serving to the people in attendance. This keeps the cups in place and helps them not to fall over while walking with them.
It’s also great for a quicker clean-up too. Scoop the cups up, set them in the tray, and back to the kitchen, they go.
5. Serve Condiments
These pans (and you can use silicone pans) are great for BBQs and other gatherings. I don’t have to put the whole bottle of something out and then worry about if I need to throw the whole bottle out after the gathering. I pull out a starting point of what I need in these pans and set them out. Ketchup, Mustard, BBQ, Mayo, Relish, Pickles, or even items for salads like dressings, nuts, toppings, etc.
6. Easy Candleholder
I place candles in each of the muffin cups to create an easy candle holder. It’s a great way to put those old vintage decorative pans to use. One of my favorite tips, place citronella candles in the cups and now you have a bug repellent outside.
7. Jewelry holder
I like to place different items of jewelry into the cups. This is a great way to keep your necklaces separate so they don’t get tangled. These slide fantastic into drawers for safe keeping and depending on what’s in them, you can stack them as well.
8. Hair accessories
I like to use these in my bathroom drawers to hold my hair accessories. It’s been great to separate sections out so my drawer isn’t a jumbled mess. I use it for hair ties, clips, barrettes, etc.
9. makeup organizer
I have placed these in my bathroom drawers to organize my skincare and make-up products. It keeps me organized and I can find things much easier.
10. Kids learning games
I like to use these muffing pans for kids learning games. For this example, I placed muffin cups in the pan and numbered them. You can do math problems, spelling words, counting games etc.
In this game the person puts the number of goldfish crackers written on the paper muffin cup in the pan.
11. Homework or craft station
I like to put cups in the muffin pan and then fill them with homework or art supplies. I can place them in the center of the table while the kids are working or I’m doing a project, and then I can clean them off easily when it’s time for dinner.
12 make hard boiled eggs
I place one egg into each muffin cup and then I set the pan on the oven rack in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. I baked the eggs for 30 minutes, pull them out, and put them into a bath of cool ice water.
13. Dye Eggs
I like to put my water, vinegar, and food color into each muffin cup and then I dye my hard-boiled eggs in the pan. Makes for easy clean-up afterward as well.
14. Egg Carrier
If you like to make deviled eggs, you can place each egg into one of the muffin cups and the pan becomes an egg carrier.
15. Prep individual ice cream servings
When my kids were little and we had birthday parties, I would place paper liners in the muffin pan. You could use silicone molds. I would then place a scoop of ice cream in each cup and freeze the pan. When it was the day of the party or event, I would scoop out the cake, and drop the pre-frozen ice cream scoops onto the plates. It speeds up the whole process.
All of these hacks are adjustable from mini muffins to a 12-cup muffin pan. You can use nonstick silicone (food-grade silicone), stainless steel, USA pan, nordic ware, muffin liners, dark pans, carbon steel muffin pan, PFOA-free nonstick coating, quality muffin pan, baking pan, standard muffin recipes, muffin tops pan, aluminum bakeware, Wilton pan, durable construction, flexible material, non-stick surfaces, aluminized steel or whatever you like. Just be careful that you use food pans for food and other pans for other things to not cross-contaminate.
When cleaning your muffin pan make sure to think about ease of care and cleaning and stay away from abrasive cleaners.
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