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Hi everyone! I have some cupcake pans that I haven't used yet since going gluten-free, so I wanted to ask - what is the best way to clean them to get rid of any gluten residue? I cleaned my stainless steal pots with a lot of soap and hot water. Think that'd do the trick?

Thanks!

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Hi everyone! I have some cupcake pans that I haven't used yet since going gluten-free, so I wanted to ask - what is the best way to clean them to get rid of any gluten residue? I cleaned my stainless steal pots with a lot of soap and hot water. Think that'd do the trick?

Thanks!

Yes, maybe so. Find a clear, clean surface. But, if they are scratched up and older, it might be a good opportunity to replace. As in any Teflon surface, scratched is not good, under any circumstances.

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They're pretty new, actually. Maybe a year or year and a half old. I didn't use them much, so I'm hoping to save them.

I just realized, I have a wooden roller for cookies. Is that salvageable?

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If they are stainless steel then scrub them until they are spotless. If they are non-stick wash them as best you can and then use paper liners. The non-stick coating can never be scrubbed 100% clean and free of gluten.

You can wrap the wooden roller in plastic but you should replace it.

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Shoot. I looked it up, and I think it's nonstick. Looks like I'll be making another trip to Bed Bath and Beyond. :-/

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Shoot. I looked it up, and I think it's nonstick. Looks like I'll be making another trip to Bed Bath and Beyond. :-/

Jessica, as long as all residue is cleaned, it should be ok. :)

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Dawn Power Dissolver is great on baked-on residue. I was able to completely clean a glass baking dish that had had brown/burn residue spots on it. It isn't for scratched non-stick, but you shouldn't keep that anyway!

Good luck!

(Oh, I had a set of cupcake tins with little lines circling each hole for the cupcakes. I figured I could never clean those lines completely, so those went.)

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Thanks for the input! I'll do my best with them. Goodness, it seems like I got rid of half my kitchen.

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I replaced my 12-cup muffin tin with a stainless steel one. I use paper liners in it to avoid the sticking issue.

I do have a non-stick mini-muffin tin. It makes great one bite brownies! I have kept it and use paper liners. So far so good.

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If the muffin pan has no visible scratches then a good wash plus tossing it in the oven when you run your self-cleaning function will get the invisible ones. Never tried it myself as I don't have a self-cleaning oven.... maybe the pan would melt....

Replace the rolling pin.

Baking soda is a wonderful cheap way to clean off residue, stains and baked on stuff as well. It has been a life saver for me. (something has to be cheap around here....)

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My rule of thumb is that if I can get it clean, I keep it. If not...out it goes. I have richly rewarded myself with a bunch of new kitchen equipment as I figure I deserve it. :lol: And I didn't replace everything at once...just the things I use all the time. Heck, I'm still on a buying spree. LOL It's kind of fun to replace 50-year old stuff.

I've even used spray-on oven cleaner on glass. I'll have to look for Dawn Power Dissolver as I don't think I've ever seen it before.

I do use parchment paper on cookie sheets and use a lot of aluminum foil, too. I didn't replace my rolling pin nor have I used it but I think I could safely roll a pie crust between sheets of parchment. Actually I can't think of the last time I ever rolled out anything. My main baking quest is bread and I did buy new loaf pans.

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I do use parchment paper on cookie sheets and use a lot of aluminum foil, too.

Me too. Even on clean stuff just because it's so much easier to clean up.

Keep the pan and use paper muffin cups.

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Me too. Even on clean stuff just because it's so much easier to clean up.

Anything to make life easier!!! And cookies seem to release better when baked on parchment paper. :)

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This did the trick for me:

Put your pan on the heat with boiling water in it. Put some baking soda in your pan and let it cook for a while. The baking soda cleans the pans in their 'pores' so it should be clean.

But the best thing to do if you're still not sure is obviously buying yourself a new set of pans.

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To roll pie crust, you can use 2 sheets of waxed paper and a drinking glass instead of a rolling pin.

You can put cast iron in the oven on the cleaning cycle, then cool, scrub it out with water and a scritchy- scrubbie, and re season it. One time I wasn't sure about the last thing cooked in it not being cross contaminated, so I boiled vinegar water in it and got a lot of grease to sop up out of the iron, then scrubbed it several times with baking soda.

DO NOT put teflon/non stick in a really hot oven, the fumes are poisonous, especially to pet birds.

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This is a recent discovery for me.

The best way I have found to scrub off baked on goop without scratching (metal, glass, whatever) is using Magic Eraser pads. I thought they worked miracles in getting marks off walls and scuff marks off floors and shoes. Now this!

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