How can I reuse or recycle old bread machine pans?

Bread panWe’ve had an email from Chris, saying:

I searched the archives, but didn’t find any mention of what to do with breadmaker pans. Mine had the teflon coating peeling off, so I got a new one. I am looking into where to find a scrap metal place, but any other suggestions would be appreciated…

As I might have mentioned before, we have rather eager scrap metal collectors around here so if it was us, we’d probably just have to think about getting rid of it and a telepathic scrap metaler would appear on our doorstep a second later. I suspect our local tip (household waste collection site) also has a scrap metal bin.

But we’re all about reuses here so anyone got any other suggestions? Most breadmaker pans I’ve seen have an annoying extrusion on the bottom (where the mechanics click in) and a short stick thing in the middle on the inside (where you put the turning blades) so they don’t automatically lend themselves to the usual plant pot etc options.

Thoughts?

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6 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle old bread machine pans?”


  1. Bobbie says:

    If the pan has a wire bail like mine then you could use it for a hanging plant.

  2. debbie says:

    Make a wooden base with a hole in it to fit the pan onto so it will be stable when sitting on your counter. Decorate the outside of the pan with paint if you like. Use this as your “garbage bowl” (a la Rachael Ray) when cooking. Easy to grab and empty later into your compost pile, and washable. (can’t remember if these have a hole in the bottom of them – do something to prevent leaking there, of course)

  3. Norman says:

    You might be able to remove the ‘Bit at the bottom where the mechanics comes through’.

    You could then use it as a plant pot – they do need a drain hole after all.

  4. Gulia says:

    Hang it in a garage to store something.

  5. Gulia says:

    A handyman can attach to the table, add a handle to the bottom part to crank it up by hand and mix dough that way.

  6. Marino says:

    If your pan is leaking, you can still use it in the breadmaker. However, reverse the placement of ingredients into the pan. Place the dry ingredients first, then pour the liquid ingredients onto the flour. The liquids can mix with the yeast immediately as long as you are not using the delay timer. If you still wish to still use the delay timer using a leaking pan. place the ingredients int eh reverse order your breadmaker manual recommends. yeast first, all other dry ingredients next, then liquid ingredients. The order of placing ingredients really is just to make sure the yeast does not touch the water and liquid ingredients so it does not activate right away if the delay timer is used.



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