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Repurpose - Recycle - Reuse Old Bread Pans
Some time ago I stopped baking bread in aluminum pans. The breadbaker that I bought to replace the pans left our family when we moved nine years ago, but those stupid pans are still stashed in a bottom cupboard in the kitchen. I found them today. They need to go!
Cleaning out a kitchen storage area has a low priority in this household, but today its number came up. I know that bewailing cupboard clutter is a very definite First World Problem reflective of how tied I am into the North American consumer lifestyle. Fortunately for all annoying First World Problems, Pinterest has a bundle of First World Solutions:
This article reviews of some ways that you can recycle - repurpose - and / or reuse those crusty, rusty, old aluminum baking pans. Not only do you have this trendy rustic look-- also known as shabby chic-- but aluminum is stronger than many materials that are used today for shelving and bins. It is also light, which is a great benefit when one plans to move the constructed item about (as a caddy) or mount it on a wall. Clearly, although I no longer trust aluminum to prepare food, this metal was designed as a workhorse! Those aluminum pans lasted through the bread disasters and now they are ready for another purpose!
If you have other creative ideas, please share them in the comments section-- but remember, we're focusing on BAKING PANS, not bed pans, oil pans from old engines, or any of Disney's Peter Pan collector items. Thanks.
Baking Pans Repurposed as Tiered Caddy
This tiered caddy makes good use of three old aluminum bread loaf pans. You can see that one of the three pans is a different shape (actually, probably a cake pan).
The shabby chic design lends itself well to the gracious older home on a buffet stand, in a bathroom, sewing room, or on a laundry table. Or you might want to use it in a potting shed as a place to keep your small gardening accouterments, such as seed marking pegs, rolled nets, and spools of twine.
It's pretty easy to put this caddy together, too. You can find all the instructions by clicking on Adina's name under the photo above.
Benefits of A Silicone Pan Include:
- It's not aluminum and doesn't rust
- You can pop the cooled banana bread, meat loaf, fudge or whatever is in the pan,with NO sticking (and that includes the notorious almond flour)
- Clean-up is a snap
- Casabella uses only 100% silicone- you won't smell chemicals during the baking
- You can scrunch this up to store easier in a smaller space
Bread Pans Repurposed as Metal Wall Bins
Shabby Chic Repurposing
Have you heard of Shabby Chic before?
An antique barn wood panel is used to show-case this set of re-purposed bread loaf pans as wall-mounted metal bins.
I think that you could have a pretty nice knock-off of this particular piece of shabby chic if you are short on old barn wood but have a stock of interesting, maybe distressed, pallet board. If you go that route, and already have the old pans, then all you would need is some screws and maybe some spray paint?
Where do you envision mounting this unit? Veranda wall (as in the picture)? Potting shed? Sewing room?
Bread Pans Repurposed as Kitchen Organizers
These chain-linked wall organizers remind me of some ready-made metal containers I purchased for my son and wife, at considerably more than it would have cost to make them with some cut chain and recycled bread tins!
I see these fitting into a kitchen, maybe a nearby pantry, or how about an office? Wherever you put these, the generous size of the bins will accommodate a huge assortment of possibilities!
Bread Pans Repurposed as Herb Garden
Simple Display Case
Of course, you knew that somehow a garden was going to be part of the exhibition of the useful and fascinating ways to re-use the retired bread pan. This design uses 'industrial' loaf pans from Westons Bakery in Toronto, Canada. Industrial pans will allow you to bypass all the tiddley work of linking the pans together since they come that way!
I'm guessing that you could find retired industrial pans online as a spin-off of "retired" bakeries (such as happened to Safeway in-store bakeries in many Canadian locations-- indeed, Safeway stores were removed altogether from many communities in 2014.) You could also check with the going-concern bakeries in your city-- maybe they are looking for somewhere to unload their well-used pans. Worth a try!
Bread Pans Repurposed as Magnetic Spice Rack
What Is Shabby Chic?
Some Meanderings About the Bread Pan Itself
Up until the 1700s in Britain, and elsewhere, bread was generally round or oblong, and baked in an outdoor clay oven.
In the 1700s the tin mines were revved up in Cornwall and one of the products of this metal mining and manufacture was the bread-baking tin (pan) of the oblong shape with straight sides and bottom that we are used to baking in today in North America.
Britain's John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, proclaimed himself the inventor of the 'sandwich', described by some foodies as the only good edible to come out of England. The sandwich was much helped in its launch by the uniform slice shape accomplished by baking in a tin loaf pan.
Today many North Americans gravitate towards artisan loaves (i.e., baguettes, oblong German rye breads, various flatbreads, hand-formed bagels and the like). I would also like to say that I am not alone in the West in having fallen in love with North African and Middle Eastern flatbreads. Inspite of there being a wide variety of popular bread shapes on the market-- and a trend among people who eat "Paleo" to eschew grains, and therefore, especially flours, I don't think all the currently-used bread pans will be ending up as display shelves and herb gardens.