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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ten Alternative Uses For the Muffin Tin | Family Economics

By Trisha

Muffin tins are great for more than just baking muffins. Here are 10 everyday uses beyond muffins:

1.    Oven baked eggs: Use this method to make egg muffin sandwiches. Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease each muffin section with cooking spray or butter. Crack one egg into each muffin section. Place in oven and cook for 15-20 minutes.

2.    Flavored ice cubes: With warm weather, barbeques and entertaining approaching, you will love using these lemon flavored ice cubes made in your muffin tins, perfect for punch bowls. Place two to three thinly sliced lemons and/or limes into each muffin section. Fill each with water leaving space for freezing expansion. Place in freezer on a flat surface. Freeze for six or more hours. Remove from muffin tin and place in pitcher or punch bowl. Some alternative ideas are to use berries instead of lemons or a flavored beverage instead of water.

3.    Individual meat loaves: My son calls these “meat loves.” My kids enjoy meat loaf when I make them into individual muffin sizes using my muffin tin to bake them in. Make your family’s favorite meat loaf recipe and instead of placing it in a loaf pan, prepare a muffin tin with cooking spray and then fill each section with your mixture. Bake at the temperature stated in your recipe but cut baking time in half or even less. These small meat loaf versions will cook much quicker.

4.    Soup stock: Fill each muffin section with chicken or turkey stock and then freeze. Once frozen, pop out and place in freezer bag for future use when cooking and in need of stock.

5.    Office supplies: Place a muffin tin inside a desk drawer and use it to hold your office supplies such as paper clips, erasers, rubber bands, glue sticks, coins and other supplies that need corralling and organizing.

6.    Craft supplies: Glue or use self-adhesive magnetic sheets and secure 16 ounce clear plastic cups into each section of a jumbo size muffin tin. Fill the cups with various craft supplies such as scissors, paintbrushes, glue sticks, markers and crayons. Now your kids can keep their craft supplies organized and ready to create.

7.    Dyeing eggs: When the occasion call for it, use a muffin tin for dyeing eggs by placing one color into each muffin cup and adding in your vinegar and water. This tip keeps all your dyeing in one container to simplify the clean-up process.

8.    Ice cream scoops: Scoop ice cream into lined baking cups prior to the party and place in the freezer. When the cake is served, remove the muffin tin from the freezer and serve pre-made scoops in the baking cups.

9.    Paint: Use a muffin tin for your budding artist by placing small amounts of finger paint or washable paint in each section allowing for a more controlled painting pallet.

10.    Hair accessories: Organize your little girl’s hair accessories by placing a muffin tin inside a bathroom drawer and filling each section with bobby pins, barrettes, hair ties, ribbons and bows.

What are some everyday household goods you found alternative uses for?

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On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Sara Nahid wrote

Amazing and very useful!

On Saturday, August 18, 2012, Patty from Minnesota wrote

I use the muffin tin to make homemade taco shell bowls. Turn the muffin tin upside down, spray pan with cooking spray. Press soft tortilla shell in the center crease of 4 of the muffin cups.

On Monday, June 25, 2012, Heidi from Orlando wrote

You have the best ideas!

On Sunday, June 24, 2012, RhondaB, Carlton, Oregon wrote

Inspiring share more of your ideas!!!! Cannot wait to find more ways to "RECYCLE/REUSE". Who needs to fill the cupboard w/6 dishes when you can creatively use 1! Anyone know of other websites that share such ideas?

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, Pauline from Winnipeg,MB wrote

I use my mini muffin tray to make batches of meatballs ...bake and then freeze in freezer bags .Then when you need them for a quick meal they are already on hand.

On Friday, June 22, 2012, momma from michigan wrote

Wow, those are cool ideas!

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, lmm from fl wrote

awesome ideas,i love the one about the meatloaf! I just saw another great idea in a magazine the other day,they used it for condiments and toppings for burgers and taco's!!

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, Mary wrote

When I put together furniture from the store shaped like a big blue box, I organize all the screws and small parts in a muffin tin.

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Dana from TX wrote

I love the idea about the Ice cream scoops!!!


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