6 Ideas to Repurpose, Recycle, or Reuse Old Bread Pans
Should I Get Rid of Old Baking Pans?
No, don't get rid of your old baking pans! Some time ago, I stopped baking bread in aluminum pans. I had purchased a breadmaker to replace them, but I found those pans still stashed in a bottom cupboard in the kitchen. They needed to go!
Cleaning out a kitchen storage area is a low priority in this household, but today, its number came up. I know that bewailing cupboard clutter is a first world problem. Fortunately for all annoying problems such as these, Pinterest offers many first world solutions.
Learn a few ways you can recycle, repurpose, or reuse those old aluminum baking pans. Not only will you have a trendy rustic look (also known as shabby chic), but aluminum is stronger than many materials that are used today for shelving and bins. It is also light, which is a great benefit when one plans to move the constructed item about as a caddy or mount it on a wall. Although I no longer trust aluminum to prepare food, this metal was designed as a workhorse! Those pans lasted through bread disasters, and they are ready for another purpose!
If you have other creative ideas, please share them in the comments section, and remember that we're focusing on baking pans. Thanks!
1. Make a Tiered Caddy From Baking Pans
This tiered caddy makes good use of three old aluminum bread loaf pans. You can see that one of the three pans is a different shape (actually, probably a cake pan).
The shabby chic design lends itself well to the gracious older home on a buffet stand, in a bathroom, sewing room, or on a laundry table. Or you might want to use it in a potting shed as a place to keep your small gardening accouterments, such as seed marking pegs, rolled nets, and spools of twine. It's pretty easy to put this caddy together, too!
2. Bread Pans Repurposed as Metal Wall Bins
An antique barn wood panel is used to showcase this set of repurposed bread loaf pans as wall-mounted metal bins.
I think that you could have a pretty nice knock-off of this particular piece of shabby chic if you are short on old barn wood but have a stock of interesting pallet board. If you go that route and already have the old pans, all you would need is some screws and maybe some spray paint.
Where do you envision mounting this unit?
- Veranda wall?
- Potting shed?
- Sewing room?
3. Bread Pans as Kitchen Organizers
These chain-linked wall organizers remind me of some ready-made metal containers I purchased for my son and wife, at considerably more than it would have cost to make them with some cut chain and recycled bread tins!
I see these fitting into a kitchen, a nearby pantry, or an office? Wherever you put them, the generous size of the bins will accommodate a huge assortment of possibilities!
4. A New Herb Garden
5. A Simple Display Case
Of course, you knew that somehow a garden was going to be part of the exhibition of the useful and fascinating ways to re-use the retired bread pan. This design uses 'industrial' loaf pans from Westons Bakery in Toronto, Canada. Industrial pans will allow you to bypass all the work of linking the pans together since they come that way!
I'm guessing that you could find retired industrial pans online as a spin-off of "retired" bakeries such as happened to Safeway in-store bakeries in many Canadian locations. Indeed, Safeway stores were removed altogether from many communities in 2014. You could also check with the going-concern bakeries in your city, as they are looking for somewhere to unload their well-used pans. Worth a try!
6. Bread Pans Repurposed as Magnetic Spice Rack
A Brief History of the Bread Pan
Up until the 1700s in Britain, and elsewhere, bread was generally round or oblong, and baked in an outdoor clay oven.
In the 1700s the tin mines were revved up in Cornwall and one of the products of this metal mining and manufacture was the bread-baking tin (pan) of the oblong shape with straight sides and bottom that we are used to baking in today in North America.
Britain's John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, proclaimed himself the inventor of the 'sandwich', described by some foodies as the only good edible to come out of England. The sandwich was much helped in its launch by the uniform slice shape accomplished by baking in a tin loaf pan.
Today many North Americans gravitate towards artisan loaves (i.e., baguettes, oblong German rye bread, various flatbreads, hand-formed bagels and the like). I would also like to say that I am not alone in the West in having fallen in love with North African and Middle Eastern flatbreads. In spite of there being a wide variety of popular bread shapes on the market-- and a trend among people who eat "Paleo" to eschew grains, and therefore, especially flours, I don't think all the currently-used bread pans will be ending up as display shelves and herb gardens.
What Is Shabby Chic?
Shabby Chic Repurposing
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© 2014 Cynthia Zirkwitz