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Aug 3, 2014 02:45 PM

Non-stick muffin tins

I have Wilton non-stick mini-muffin tins. I usually don't grease them when I am making mini-muffins, but just out of curiosity, would it damage them if I did grease them?
I seem to remember hearing years ago, that non-stick should not be greased. Is that accurate?

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  1. Not at all, to both questions. My mini muffin tins are nominally nonstick, as are a few of my other baking pans, and I always grease them (except on the relatively infrequent occasions I use paper liners in the muffin tins).

    1. Hi bxgirl,

      Grease them all you want, it won't harm them. But don't use canned sprays, like PAM. They can ruin nonstick pans. I've read that it's the lecithin in the propellant that is the culprit.


      ETA - I over grease my muffin pans when making corn bread muffins. It gives them a nice crust.

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      1. re: DuffyH

        While oil spray can definitely ruin nonstick skillets, giving them a tacky coating that doesn't wash off, I have used it (most often now the baking spray that's oil plus flour) in my nonstick baking pans for years without any ill effect. No buildup, they clean up just fine.

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          I understand the nonstick coating of bakeware is a different animal altogether than the NS coating on frypans... So yes, this sounds right!

        2. re: DuffyH

          Hi Duffy,

          Crust indeed! I make corn toasties, and if they don't have that bit of crust - well, then they're not the same. I swear, one of my son's best friends could smell them baking from his house. I blame the bit of extra grease. :) A bit of butter and blueberry jam jacks it up a bit while they're still warm.

          Darn, I may have to make a dozen tomorrow - thanks, D.