Muffin Tin Chef came to be when author Matt Kadey was working on a magazine assignment that required him to generate a range of recipes using muffin tins. The only stipulation? No muffins! His research led him to develop 101 recipes to take the at-home chef from morning through dessert, and Kadey discovered that muffin tin meals are a fun and easy way for kids to eat. "Preparing muffin-size items takes advantage of a child's preference for easy-to-grab, hand-to-mouth eating. Personal-size treats such as pizza or mac and cheese are sure to be a hit at the dinner table and in the lunchroom."
I have a collection of vintage muffin tins that I adore but rarely get around to actually baking in. Is this the case at your house, too? Maybe it's time to take the muffin tins out of the kitchen and transfer them to another part of your home. Take a look at a few ideas for using them around the house.
- Use tins for organizing jewelry.
- Use them for molds for handmade bars of soap.
- Organize sewing pins and other supplies with a tin.
- Try a muffin tin for organizing bits and bobs in your junk drawer.
- Use it inside an office desk drawer for holding paper clips and other supplies.
- Use it to make round crayons out of old ends of crayons for your art projects.
- If you don't have a toolbox, store screws, nails, and picture hanging hardware in a muffin tin.
- Use a tin for organizing garden seeds or bulbs when you're ready for planting.
Have another idea for using muffin tins? Share it in the comments!
What I hate about making cupcakes is having to scrape and scrub the muffin tin afterwards. Removing the caked on batter hurts my arm and ruins my nails. So I developed a system: I cover the muffin tin tightly with aluminum foil. Next, I slice a hole where the cupcake batter is supposed to go and press the foil into each indentation. I place the cupcake paper liners in the hole and fill with batter. If any of the batter spills it gets on the foil and not on the pan! After the cupcakes or muffins are finished baking & cooling, simply peel off the dirty foil and dispose.