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Bakeware Organization

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I haven’t been at this blog thing very long, but I think its time to let you in on my organization obsession. My house is by no means perfectly organized, but there’s something about taking a huge mess and being able to put it all away perfectly that makes me so happy inside. I can’t even tell you. So. Happy.

I’ve usually stored most of my bakeware inside my oven, but it just made baking anything a hassle and when I did, everything inside ended up on my counters for at least half a day (bake time + oven cooling time + lazy factor). I’m not sure why I did this. Well, actually I do. It’s what my mother did. Obviously, not that great an idea.

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On my daily Pinterest scroll, I saw someone use file organizing racks as pan organizers. AMAZING. Naturally I went to Amazon (because I can’t wait any longer than 2 days) to look for something that would fit the space.

I mean, I was skeptical that this would work. What if the whole thing tips over, how stable is this really going to be, what about the space in the back? Questions aplenty. I ordered anyway (and I ordered a bunch of them to test out) and returned all but one. (Hi, my name is Bernice and I am a serial returner.) I’m all about trial and error.

Here’s a few things I considered/learned:

  1. Finish: At first, I thought I’d go with a metal finish to match all the stainless appliances in my kitchen, but I realized I had a lot of non-stick bakeware and didn’t want to risk scratching it when the metals rubbed together. Also, a metal material might not grip. I wasn’t sure I could commit to screwing holes into my cabinet shelving to hold the rack in place.
  2. Spacing between dividers: the tallest piece of bakeware (the piece that would take up the most width in the rack) would have to fit. I checked the comments rack I was considering and it said it would hold a Pyrex 9″ x 13″ pan. A perfect fit.
  3. Total capacity: I stacked all my stuff and measured the height to make sure it would fit in the test racks I purchased.
  4. Dimensions: I had a specific amount of space set aside in my cabinets for this and it had to fit there after I crammed all the pans in the racks.

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Disclaimer: These are affiliate links. I purchased all of this with my own money and made no money doing it. I was not prompted by anyone by me and my own crazy obsessive need to organize my stuff.

Option 1: Seville Classics Kitchen Pantry and Cabinet Organizer $19.40

Seville Classics Kitchen Pantry and Cabinet Organizer

Returned: I was afraid the metal was going to scratch the non-stick finish and my cabinetry shelves. Other than that, it looked sturdy and is a good option if that’s not something you’re worried about.


Option 2: Wilton 2555-1084 Adjustable Bakeware Organizer $12.96

Wilton 2555-1084 Adjustable Bakeware Organizer

Returned: These had adjustable racks, but the holes where the racks attached scared me. It seemed like a catch all for a bunch of crumby grossness I probably was never going to clean. I’m afraid of things I can’t clean.


Option 3: Better Houseware Large Organizer White $14.99

Better Houseware Large Organizer White

WINNER. I was skeptical that this was going to be able to stand on its own. It wasn’t the cheapest, but also not the most expensive. This rack was also the least aesthetically pleasing. I had my doubts, but the zillions of reviews and high rating made me think I was missing something. I was. This thing is perfect, and fits perfectly on the shelf with my breadmaker. Its sturdy, holds ALL all my pans and sheets, and stands on its own without shifting all over the place. With all my stuff on the racks, I could barely see the white.

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After all stuffing the rack full with my pans, I was elated. Everything. fit. perfectly (and created a little nook for my cutting boards!). I did a little dance on the inside (and the outside, but nobody saw).

Tip: Fixing a Leaking Springform Pan

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I really wanted to do a post on cheesecake. I really did, but I had to fix my leaky springform pan first. Yesterday, my springform pan failed me. HORRIBLY. There’s nothing worse than unspringing your cheesecake from a springform pan only to find out water has leaked through and ruined your cheesecake.

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Here I am, your domestic MacGyver to the rescue. At first, I did some Googling looking for ways to salvage my cheesecake. Guess what? There’s no way to salvage it. What a waste. Though, not really because I just ate the top part that wasn’t all soggy. SO GOOD. So that solved the first problem.

Next, I wanted to know how to fix my stupid pan. Maybe that 3 pans for $10 deal at Ross wasn’t the best idea? Evidenced by the dent in the side? Probably not, but I opened the package and threw out the receipt. I already lost half my cheesecake to water. I was not about to lose my $10 too.

After a little more Googling I found that there is no such thing as a leak proof pan, no matter how expensive. I felt a little less crappy about my cheapo version from Ross. Here’s what I had to work with.

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I mulled over this overnight (super sad about my half ruined cheescake) and woke up with a brilliant idea inspired by those Glasslock Containers. My mother-in-law uses them exclusively and is constantly digging out those rubber thingies from the lid that give them an air tight seal. But then, those plastic covers aren’t heatproof. My next idea was to use heat proof silicone. My thought was to buy some super cheap silicone oven mitt or cake pan from Home Goods (which just opened up by my house. WHOOHOO!). What I found was better (Also, here was no silicone bakeware). Enter the silicone pie crust saver.

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I found this wandering the baking aisle and was that terrible customer who took it out of the package. I had to test my theory. So I went over to the springform pan area and tested my theory out on a 9″ pan. I was sold. For only $3.99! WIN.

I brought the thing home, ready to test it out on my defective pan. First, I disassembled the pan and laid the pie crust saver (really…cheesecake saver) on the outer edge of the pan.

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Next, I place the band part of the springform pan on top of it, making sure that there was a bit of red peeking through to the inside all the way around.

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I pressed down firmly, to get a good seal and tightened the clasp on the pan. WATER TIGHT. With a cute little red skirt around the outside. Since the silicone is so thin and soft, it just sat flat in the pan once it was filled.

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Here’s what it looks like on the inside.

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Its a very think red band peeking out. In some areas, there was more red peeking out that I wanted, so I ever so slightly loosened the clasp and push/pulled the silicone until I got to this stage. It was minimal and on my second try, not even necessary.

Who says there’s no such thing as a leak proof springform pan!? HA! Hope this tip helps to save your next cheesecake!

Since I bought my solution from Home Goods, there’s no guarantees you’re going to find the same thing. Here are some alternatives:

  1. Norpro Silicone Pie Crust Shield: This could possibly work better because it would just grip around the pan at the bottom and wouldn’t have to readjust the positioning of the silicone.
  2. Talisman Designs Adjustable Pie Shield: An adjustable version of option 1
  3. Regency Reusable Cookie Sheet Liner: Reviews say its soft and flexible. Can be cut down to desired shape and size.