In my seemingly endless quest for non-stick muffins that are also non-trash-producing, I've tried a lot of different techniques, with varying degrees of success. I turned a corner of sorts back in 2012, when Kimberlie recommended the Misto sprayer. I broke down and bought this for real money (it cost me $12; I've since found some at yard sales for 50¢).
But my experience with cast iron pan cooking, plus my vast waffle-iron experience, led me to remember the value of heat. So I tried a small experiment the other day when I was making 2-dozen muffins. I sprayed both tins, and then one of the tins I stuck in the pre-heating oven while I mixed up the muffin batter.
|Yum! Muffins! These popped right out, after a spray/flour/heat pre-treatment of the pans.|
And dang, if I ever find a cheap cast-iron muffin pan, I'm grabbing it. Because these so-called-non-stick pans are just as much work as (or maybe even more work than) my dad's hardy cast iron muffin pans.