I hope you found my last post about the best clean cookware to be useful and informative. After that post, I had so many questions come in about brands and how clean they are which is why I want to emphasize something I say at the beginning of my latest video.
No cookware or bakeware is going to be 100% perfect.
Unless you're baking on an open fire with a spit, okay then maybe we can say that it's the cleanest way to cook. But then you have to worry about burning food which is a whole other can of worms, lol!
That being said, there are many wonderful clean brands of bakeware that I mention in my video that I use myself and happily recommend to you that you can feel pretty confident they are non-toxic as long as they are not chipped or scratched. First up is this unbleached parchment paper.
Unbleached Parchment Paper
I've been using the Paper Chef brand for many years and love it. I used to compost it because it says on the package it's "compostable and biodegradable" but then I learned my city doesn't compost parchment, so just be sure you check your city's rules on this kind of thing. I also like the "if you care" brand too. These are the muffin paper cups I love.
Silicone Baking Sheets, Cake Pan and Muffin Cups
Silicone baking sheets are a newer item to my kitchen in the last couple of months and I'm really loving them! Super easy to clean and durable. I keep one for savoury dishes and one for baking. I do this because after I roasted a whole fish on one, the next time I used it, there was a slight smell of fish still on the baking sheet. Since I don't want fishy tasting cookies, I have reserved one sheet for savoury foods like fish. This is the best brand to get.
The only drawback to silicone is that it won't hold in the heat as well as stoneware when baking in a cake pan for instance. This means, whatever you're baking may take a bit longer to bake. That doesn't really matter with the baking sheets, but for the cake pan depending on what kind of recipe you're making it's a consideration. I love the silicone muffin cups because the muffins pop out so easily and you don't need to grease anything!
Muffin Pan and Sheet Pans
I bake muffins on a near-weekly basis! Have you tried my cranberry walnut breakfast muffins or my double chocolate muffs? Note: I didn't have the same muffin tin I have now in those photos. The muffin tin I use now is this one by Green Life - it's heavy-duty steel coated with ceramic.
As for sheet pans, I use them on a daily basis because sheet pan cooking is what I do for dinner every single day whether I'm making Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes or Roasted Cauli and Brocc from The Joyous Cookbook. I have at least 5 or 6 sheet pans, but this one by Green Life is by far the cleanest.
Definitely, my favourite baking dishes are these stoneware pieces from Le Creuset. There are many brands of wonderful stoneware. I also have some white Staub dishes too, which are gorgeous, durable, and hold the heat in perfectly.
Whether you're making Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, lasagna or a frittata , stoneware is excellent because it also traps in the flavour. These are pieces that you'll have for life, a worthwhile investment piece. I've had mind only about 8 years because I got these as a wedding gift but they still look brand new. This is the loaf pan, square baking dish, and lasagna size I have.
As mentioned in my video, I have some glass bakeware but I only use them for reheating because with glass you need to adjust the temperature and it doesn't hold the heat very well.
If I've missed anything, please feel free to post below and remember to check out my last video on clean cookware.
Have a joyous rest of your week!