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Claim check: Chinet Bakeware

Can you bake in disposable paper pans?

Published: August 2013

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The claim. Chinet Bakeware nonstick paper pans are “the first disposable baking dishes that let you take your food from oven to table to freezer to microwave,” the product’s website says. The pans, along with plastic lids, come in square, rectangular, and oval shapes, in various sizes. We paid $4.95 per pack, consisting of two or three pans.

The check. At the risk of expanding our waistlines, we cooked casseroles and brownies in Chinet and in similar-size metal and aluminum-foil pans.

Bottom line. Chinet panned out. It’s a disposable yet tough baking dish that can migrate to a microwave oven, and it was more rigid than the disposable aluminum pans we used. A bonus: You won’t need pot holders when you pick up the heated dish. That said, because the bakeware is flexible, the lids may pop off; and the paper pan seems to extend baking time. Brownies in a metal pan were done in 40 minutes; those in Chinet required 55.

Editor's Note: This article appeared in the October 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
   

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