Reynolds Foil Baking Cups
Okay, I'm just not getting this. I know there were some fairly recent comments about these muffin cups and the liners, but I just can't find it, and I'm making muffins at 6 a.m. tomorrow, so I'd appreciate any thoughts.
The packaging clearly says remove the paper liner. The Reynolds Web site says the paper liner is just there to prevent the aluminum cups from molding together during production. But it also says that the paper liners are the same as their pastel paper liners, so I'm assuming you can use them in a muffin pan on a separate occasion.
I thought the purpose of the aluminum cups was to use if you didn't have a muffin pan, just put on a half sheet pan. The Reynolds Web site is saying they can be used free-standing or in a muffin pan.
So, why not use the paper inside the metal? Will the metal peel off the muffin cleanly if used by itself? Why would you buy the aluminum ones and then use them in a muffin pan? Do I need to grease the dang aluminum cups if not using the paper liner?
And I know there is some concern with muffins sticking to a paper liner, so feel free to chime in on that topic as well.
Thanks so much!
I have learned from bitter experience and frustration not to use the foil cups unless the paper liner is still inside - peeling the paper off the baked muffin/cupcake has never been a problem for me, but used alone, the foil liners tear off in tiny little shreds. Horrible!
I threw them out - only later did I see Jacques Pepin using them, free-standing on a sheet pan, with the paper liner inside. I never tried greasing the foil pans with cooking spray but if I ever used them again without paper lining, I would try spraying them.
No good reason to use the foil ones at all if you are using a muffin tin, but you could do so without adverse consequences if you wanted to.
Yes, you could use the "extra" paper ones that separate the foil ones on their own, if you were unwise enough to use the foil liners solo.