Restaurant equipment like commercial refrigerator and nugget ice makers have important roles in your kitchen, but baking sheets have multiple uses. Baking sheets are inexpensive, useful, and you probably have a few in your kitchen right now.
You may think that baking sheets are just for making desserts, but that’s not the extent of their uses. With just a few easy steps, you can give new life to your old bakery equipment.
Why Re-purpose Your Old Baking Equipment?
Baking sheets are certainly easy to replace, but there’s no need to get rid of them if you don’t need to. While a baking sheet is technically recyclable, it is much better to reuse than recycle because it creates less unnecessary waste.
Here are some creative ways to avoid throwing out a perfectly functional baking sheet:
Cook, Don’t Bake
Of course, the most common thing to make on a baking sheet is a batch of cookies, but you can also use it to heat up various other small, appetizer-type foods.Things like pizza rolls, jalapeño poppers, and chicken nuggets cook well on a baking sheet. Just remember to turn them over and rearrange them on the sheet about halfway through cooking, so they cook evenly. Baking equipment can also be used for a variety of other meals.
You don’t have to limit cooking with baking pans to just frozen foods, either. In fact, there are entire recipes that can be made on a baking sheet. You can cook just about anything from chicken to pasta on a baking sheet, which can save you lots of time as it reduces the amount of space you need to make a delicious meal. Putting your ingredients together on one baking sheet is also a fun and flavorful alternative to cooking everything separately.
What is a baking sheet if not a convenient serving tray? A basic tray can be used for serving snacks, drinks, or even just as a coffee table accessory. This DIY tutorial will show you how to decorate a simple baking sheet and convert it into a functional piece of home décor. You can paint it or cover it in fabric, paper, or whatever craft supplies you may have around the house.
There are baking sheet craft projects that are great for staying organized as well. For instance, this magnet board uses a baking sheet as a board for memos, pictures, and more. The magnetic quality of a baking sheet gives you a lot of options. You could also consider using a baking sheet as a chalkboard. All you need to do is cover the inside of the sheet with black chalkboard paint, and you have a board for grocery lists or reminders. This craft is great for kids as well. Even an object that started as baking equipment can take on a whole new role in your home.
Give Some Other Ideas a Try
There are lots of ways to take a baking sheet that has done its job and give it a new one. You can put your own spin on these ideas by thinking outside of the box and figuring out what method of repurposing best suits your needs.
As always, re-purposing old materials is much better than letting good baking equipment go to waste.