I recently discovered that my daughter will eat muffins if they are bite sized. The big ones just are too much for her and I hate wasting them, so I don't buy/make them. I tried out the little mini muffins from Hostess and she ate them all up. Four mini muffins is about all she wants at one time. I also got a Food Vacuum Sealer for Christmas, so this combination gave me the idea that maybe I can make my own mini muffins and create little four packs in vacuum sealed bags. This way I can actually save money because a box of muffin mix makes way more muffins than buying them in the store. All I needed to accomplish this was a mini muffin pan.
Laminas makes silicone baking pans and they gave me a deeply discounted price their 24 mini muffin pan in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation for this review. I don't use a lot of silicone baking dishes simply because I learned the hard way that you shouldn't grease them every time you use them. Greasing them can actually make it so your food sticks to the baking pan when you forget to grease it. For that reason, I didn't grease this pan when I tried it out. I don't know if that was the right decision or not, but it seemed to work out.
This pan is made from 100% BPA free food grade silicone. It is safe for cooking in temperatures up to 450°F. It is freezer and dishwasher safe as well. It very likely will end up being used for me to make and freeze baby food when my youngest is ready for it. Each up holds approximately 2⁄3oz of liquid which is a good starting amount for an infant starting solids. Being made of silicone, it is flexible and foldable. I have never folded a silicone pan for any length of time, but they advertise that it will go back to it's original shape easily. This makes it easy to store. It also means that when you are using it, you may want to put a cookie sheet under it to move it around. I didn't when I made my first pan of muffins and one side drooped a little between the racks in my oven. This made a row of lopsided muffins. It's not the end of the world, but if the liquid had been runnier or heavier, it may have dripped on the bottom of my oven and burned. So use a cookie sheet under it.
Other than my difficulty with lopsided muffins, the pan was great. You have to let it cool some before removing muffins from it for obvious reasons and so that your muffins don't stick to it. Once the pan is cooled down, the muffins just pop right out. You might have one or two stick a little, but you can work them out without destroying them. By the way, it only takes about 10 minutes and the silicone is cool enough to handle without any protective wear for your hands. The muffins were still hot, but the pan cooled enough to get them out. We got to enjoy hot muffins instead of just warm ones. I love it. I will be making more muffins to try my idea with vacuum sealing later on. My first batch of muffins didn't survive long enough to worry about trying it. My husband and I enjoyed them too much. Also, you can use this pan with any kind of muffin mix or even with a bread recipe. It is good for a wide range of foods.
You can buy Laminas's 24 Mini Muffin pan from their website at http://www.laminasbrand.net/products/silicone_mini_muffin_pan or on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TKK9516?redirect=true&ref_=cfb_at_prodpg
We are "Laminas".
A private-label company who both manufactures and distributes home products, focusing mainly on kitchen gadgets.
Our business goal is to provide high-quality items to our customers while aiming to the highest level of customers satisfaction.
About The CEO & founder Tomer Levin
Born on November 16th, 1984, Tomer is the chief executive officer & founder of "Laminas".
Starting his business path on high-tech companies, he gained experience in both computing and management.
From end of 2012, Tomer has moved gradually towards the e-Commerce business and is working on both Amazon and eBay platforms, distributing "Laminas" products.
About The Staff
As of current, the core of the company is total of 3 people in the company, including our CEO, and 15 more employees, working in the logistics team.
We have branches in the U.S.A, the middle east and Hong Kong.