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Repurpose - Recycle - Reuse Old Bread Pans

Updated on September 7, 2015
My stash of aluminum bread pans waiting to be repurposed - recycled- or -reused-
My stash of aluminum bread pans waiting to be repurposed - recycled- or -reused- | Source

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

Great 3 tier caddy that can be made for $5 if you have the old bread pans on hand!
Great 3 tier caddy that can be made for $5 if you have the old bread pans on hand! | Source

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

100% Silicone Baking Pan

Casabella Silicone 8-1/2-Inch by 4-Inch Bread Loaf Pan, Orange
Casabella Silicone 8-1/2-Inch by 4-Inch Bread Loaf Pan, Orange

This Bread Loaf Pan has 25 customer reviews and 45 ratings. Baking gluten-free bread recipes? Perfect size- not quite as large as the standard bread loaf pan.

 

Bread Pans Repurposed as Metal Wall Bins

This wall bin set-up made with bread pans is for sale on Etsy.
This wall bin set-up made with bread pans is for sale on Etsy. | Source

Shabby Chic Repurposing

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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

Bread Pans working as kitchen bins!
Bread Pans working as kitchen bins! | Source

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

The 'retired' industrial bread pans come alive as a garden!
The 'retired' industrial bread pans come alive as a garden! | Source

Simple Display Case

Simple and elegant repurposed industrial bread pans...
Simple and elegant repurposed industrial bread pans... | Source

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

Handy dandy backdrop for magnetic spice jars
Handy dandy backdrop for magnetic spice jars | Source

What Is Shabby Chic?

This is a very attractive way of displaying spices-- in magnetic-bottom tins with see-through lids. The backdrop is, of course, industrial baking pans. The magnetic spice kits can be purchased below.

Different Shapes of Bread

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Cloche-Baked Bread Is Soooo Yummy!

SuperStone Non-Stick Bread Pan
SuperStone Non-Stick Bread Pan

Like having your own little clay oven to bake in!

 

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.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      techygran - I especially love the herb garden but then, I really love the whole re-purpose thing - enjoyable hub, thank you.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi Sallybea-- thanks for dropping by with your comments-- yes, I love the re-purposing concept in general, as well. I have quite a lot to work with around here ;) Have a lovely day!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These are great ideas for using old bread pans, techygran. Thanks for sharing them.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      What a unique article! Voted Up and More for all these beautiful modern look suggestions using old pans. Great content and presentation. Thank you.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Dear AliciaC-- thanks for looking over the hub and for your lovely comments!

      Dear MsDora-- I appreciate your encouraging remarks! Thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant idea for a hub! I just love all of these fabulous ideas here you have shared, and I do have plenty of old bread pans too ...Yay! These are some cool ideas here, especially the magnetic spice jars.

      Wonderful hub. Voted up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Bless you

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Thank you dear Faith Reaper! I'm pretty interested in those magnetic spice jars myself! And I appreciate your voting, tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing... wow! (and not least of all your blessing!!) ~Cynthia

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Very cute ideas. I don't remember the last time I made bread! I have some old pans myself.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      FlourishAnyway, thanks for stopping by! Your comments are appreciated! ~Cynthia

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      Bridget F 2 years ago from USA

      Great ideas! I never know what to do with old pans!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Bridget F- thanks so much for dropping by! Exactly right-- who knew what to do with the old pans except to just shove them to the back of the cupboard?

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Who would have thought bread pans could make such pretty household décor? I wish I would have kept my old pans now. Great share and so well put together!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Dear teaches, thanks for dropping by-- interesting to me how so much of what I dispose of as 'junk' becomes useful down the road! Many blessings, Cynthia

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Love all these great repurposing ideas. They are also good for helping us think outside the box on how to use other items in unexpected ways.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Dear Roberta-- thanks for stopping by and commenting! Yes, some of these ideas are not exactly jaw-dropping, but I'm sure it is healthy for our brains to come up with solutions for our junk that doesn't involve the burgeoning landfills. Hope you are enjoying pleasant Fall weather where you are! ~Cynthia

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Great hub with very good ideas here! I wish I had some old ones to repurpose. I'll have to keep my eye out at yard sales- because I absolutely need that magnetic spice rack. Coolest thing ever!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Thank you Besarien for your comments. I appreciate your point of view! I love the magnetic spice jars and have seen where people use their fridge faces to mount them as well... but I guess that wouldn't be shabby chic, would it? ~Cynthia

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are great tips. I have a couple of pans I could repurpose!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi DeborahDian- welcome! I'm happy to hear that you want to give this a try! I'd love to see what you come up with! All the best, Cynthia

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Kind of cool. As long as I don't have to try to use a muffin tin to hold household supplies I am probably down with it.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      poetryman6969-- you're a pretty comical guy! Thanks for dropping by and commenting on this hub-- I much appreciate it! ~Cynthia

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is such a great hub about re purpose and reuse old bread pans!

      Your ideas are excellent and useful for environment. Who would have thought that old bread pans can make such useful and attractive utility items!

      Thank you for sharing. Loved your great ideas!

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      Cynthia 14 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      And thank YOU for reading and commenting!

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