In baking, there are several tools that will help you be a better baker. Using them allows you to improve your baking skills and products. On the other hand, in baking, there are also a variety of instruments that will help you bake. Yes, to bake – the baking activity itself. Without them, you cannot actually bake. They are necessary! One of these must-have baking supplies are the baking sheets or baking trays.
When you hear ‘baking sheets’, what probably commonly comes to mind is the baking paper that’s used on top of the tray, which holds the food you are going to bake, will bake or have baked. It’s fine, the sheet that mostly everyone knows is paper, but the truth is that baking sheets are the baking trays themselves. They come in metal and aluminum grades and are used for baking flat pastries, like brownies, cookies and different kinds of bread, and also pizzas. They are exactly the trays you put into and take out of the oven when baking.
Baking sheets are absolutely needed, so they are frequently used. No baking day is complete with these baking trays. That’s why most of them do not really last very long. I mean, just imagine the countless ingredients and the intense temperatures they get in contact with! Baking sheets surely have a tough job, so it’s no surprise that many of them already look old and are stained and marked after so many uses. The typical response is that they should be replaced and upgraded for your better baking.
But look here. Before you actually think of throwing away your current baking sheets that do not look very nice anymore, below are some tips you should consider to restore them. Moreover, lengthening the lifespan of these sheets starts with proper maintenance. Find out how to take care of your baking sheets or trays! Keep reading.
1 – Clean the greasy, sticky and burnt areas well.
Baking sheets inevitably get messy because of the many ingredients, like yeast, bread flour, cookie flour, flavoring, dough, sugar, various condiments and more that they encounter. On top of that, they are placed inside baking ovens, so they experience tremendous heat and sometimes get their parts burnt when you fail to estimate the temperature or duration of heating your confections.
Your baking sheets might gradually deteriorate in quality if you leave them unsanitized and if your manner of cleaning them is not thorough and not enough. Be sure to clean the greasy areas of these trays. They feel slimy because they are still covered with oil. Eliminate stickiness coming from gooey baking ingredients too. They will attract ants and other pests to your sheets. Burnt areas can be restored as long as you know how to do so. Just because there are brown or black areas does not mean the baking sheets are already unuseful and unproductive.
Use warm water with soap to clean the baking sheets. Some also recommend baking soda and white vinegar as alternatives to dishwashing liquids. These are effective to remove those unsightly dirt that already seem permanent on your baking trays.
2 – Use parchment paper.
Many mistake them as the baking sheets, but their real name is ‘parchment paper’.
Use them to protect your baking sheets from receiving direct heat and moisture from goodies that you are about to bake or that you have just taken out of the oven.
Furthermore, having parchment paper allows you to lessen your clean-up tasks. You won’t need to wipe everything off the baking sheets or pick up ingredients that fall off the tray while baking. Since the parchment paper is disposable, you can just take it off the baking sheets, which hold some baking mess, and throw the whole thing away.
Here, you see that parchment paper lets you safeguard your baking sheets and reduce your post-baking duties!
3 – Avoid using sharp utensils.
Just like any plate, pan and other container you use for baking, cooking and eating, these trays can be scratched and wounded by sharp-edged utensils. That’s why you should avoid using pointy utensils that might disfigure or damage their appearance. There are baking tools composed of safer materials like silicone and rubber. You may use them to keep your trays pretty and safe. If possible, just use a wooden cupboard for products you need to cut with pointed tools. Set aside the baking sheets until you actually need their purpose already.
4 – Avoid using harsh cleaning agents.
You might get so annoyed already by those dark portions of your baking trays, that you are now tempted to use those strong cleaners you have, which are not for bakewares. We get that you are frustrated, but do not do that. Avoid using harsh cleaning agents on your baking sheets. They can discolor and warp these tools before you know it!
5 – Let the trays cool down before washing them.
You know the feeling when you have just eaten an ice cream, yet you already drink coffee right after. It’s crazy painful! Baking sheets experience a similar aching when you immediately wet them and clean them with water right after pulling them out of the hot oven. Let the trays cool down first because if not, the material of the tray might get distorted. You will have to buy another one if it gets wrecked.
6 – Avoid banging them on the table.
It bothers you to see some dents on your baking sheets, but sometimes, it’s you who’s the culprit too for accidentally bumping them to hard surfaces. Avoid banging them on tables and countertops. Gently place them down. So you do not get startled by hot trays, causing you to drop or slam them, wear proper baking mittens or gloves to shield your hands from the heat.
7 – Dry them thoroughly before storing.
Impatience is one of the keys to failure in baking. It also is one of the keys to failure in keeping the excellence of your baking sheets safe. If you are not patient enough to dry them thoroughly before storing them or putting them back in their cabinets, you are sabotaging your trays. Moisture left on them can provoke bacteria buildup which is both ruinous to the reliability of the sheets and harmful for human health.
SHEETS FOR SWEETS
It’s essential for baking trays to be kept sanitized, so your food will be safe to eat and so the trays themselves can last beautifully long. Cleaning them is not just anything but doing it carefully and mindfully to avoid breaking the baking sheets yourself. Use them responsibly from start to finish. Store them properly, so they can be ready to perform well again on your next baking day!
The baking sheets for sweets and pastries are so handy. Take care of them, so you can enjoy them fully!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She finds quality and well-researched writing as a worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. For her, it’s restoring and fulfilling the heart and a great way to clear the mind while loading it up with fresh learning. Film critiquing and filmmaking are among her interests too. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Mauri Baking Supplies Australia, a chief supplier of bakery ingredient solutions all over New Zealand and Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.