Originally Posted by cali4dawn
Very good info. So, I'm assuming cookie tins and coffee cans are made from aluminum? I honestly don't know. So it would be OK to bake in these withour added precaution?
Haha, well come on now Dawnster, you know darn well that would be just too easy, haha! Some things are made up of tin, some aluminum and some stainless. Of course all of these materials are combinations of different percentages of various metals - sorry can't think of the breakdown of what makes what. Generally you can cook in your tin cans that don't have any special treatments, like the ones that appear white inside etc. Some coffee tins are actually cardboard with a silver coloured kind of liner, which I am sure you know, but in case others don't.
But most tins that you get say peas or veggies in, as long as they don't have that white coating, then yes you can. A lot of folks make date and nut loaves in these so they can slice up round slices.
Regarding the latest raid of your mother's things, haha, if it is oven to table ware, like ironstone, yes you can bake in it. You can make cakes in clay bakers too, the kind you make roasts and stews in. You have to be careful that you are not using any kind of dish that was not meant for ovenware, some are decorative only and have lead based paints or glazes. I know Pfaltzgraf does make some microwave and oven safe dishes, but I don't know about this one. If you know the pattern name etc. go on one of the china sites to see if it is listed as such.
Like I said, stainless isn't a good conductor of heat, but I think if you have a heating core or the centre part of a wondermold pan, the tube thing, or even the centre part of an old coffee perculator that you can insert in the centre of the bowl, it will draw the heat more into the centre and make the heat distribution more even. I guess if it was me, I would try it with the cheapest method of making a cake mix possible, the water and eggs method and chalk it up to an experiment.
No bundt pans or things like that to come up with?
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes