Don’t Toss Your Old Baking Sheets

Don’t Toss Your Old Baking Sheets

Are you guilty of throwing out your gently used kitchen tools and gadgets when they start to show the slightest hint of wear and tear? We’ve all been there and thought, I’d rather throw this under a bus than scrub it for one more second, but that doesn’t mean that all is lost.

Next time you think your baking sheet has reached it’s final lap in the oven, remember these three facts and you may be able to repurpose it for another year or even longer!

  1. You have the power to make it shine again. Even if the pan is caked in black char, don’t underestimate the power of soaking in hot water and a little baking soda. Scrub with lemon juice and soda water, soak again, and add a bit of olive oil to really bring the shine back.
  2. If you can’t get it squeaky clean again, designate it for roasted veggies only. While a blackened baking sheet might not be the greatest for your latest cookies, it’s perfect for getting that rich caramel color on your roasted vegetables. Toss them in olive oil and some salt and pepper, and allow them to get a deep flavor in just a fraction of the time.
  3. Think outside the oven. If it’s not possible to use for any cooking, why not repurpose your blackened baking tray for something else like a serving platter? This is a great way to poke a little fun at yourself, and make light of how crazy life can be. Remember that time I burned the Christmas cookies into frisbees? Take a look at the aftermath.

What’s better than taking a deep breath and not taking yourself so seriously? Relax this holiday season and don’t worry so much about having everything perfect and brand-spanking new. Just use and enjoy what you have. Afterall, that’s what the holidays are all about!