Bread Pan

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Are there really differences in pans? YES! Do you have to spend a fortune to get a good one? NO! Here's my experience . . .

How much difference can there be in bread pans?

I’ve used each of these pans about the same amount — I bought the ugly one first, used it for about a year, then began researching better pans for TBG and bought the smaller one to see how it held up over time.  It’s seen a lot of use since then, even though it looks brand new!

Both were sold as nonstick.  (Obviously, only one really was.)

Now for the real kicker . . . would you believe that there’s less than 25¢ difference in price between the two?

The one that looks horrible is a Baker’s Secret pan that I bought at Wal-mart.  The nice looking one is made by Chicago Metallic and I purchased it on Amazon.  Are there really differences in pans?  YES!  Do you have to spend a fortune to get a good one?  NO!  Here's my experience . . .The Chicago Metallic one is slightly smaller but it’s actually a better size for two people — and it’s the size pan that most bread recipes were designed for — 4″ x 8″ inside at the bottom (their measurement of 4-1/2″ by 8-1/2″ is at the top).  A slightly smaller size is also good for keeping portions in check!

If you’re looking for a good bread pan (also called a loaf pan — and yes, I use it for meatloafs and lots of “casseroles” too), I highly recommend the Chicago Metallic ones.  There are other brands that are more expensive, but I can’t imagine anything baking any better.  It’s a nice heavy pan, with no hot spots and it hasn’t warped with use.  You can see how nicely the loaf just tips out of the pan.

NOTE: Chicago Metallic has changed the design slightly since I bought mine; the new one is even better!

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  1. What do you think of silicon pans? They don’t get rusty at all but I’m finding that food cools off really quickly in them for instance cooking lasagna in a 13×9 pan.

    • I’m so-so on them. When I first saw them, about 8 years ago, I thought they’d be fantastic and bought a set. My biggest gripe is that they tend to collapse as I’m lifting them into the oven. I’ve learned to put a cookie sheet under the pan and then lift that. And you’re right, the pan doesn’t retain heat at all — good for not burning yourself, bad for keeping the food hot.

      The good side is that they don’t clank in a locker, no matter how rough the conditions!

  2. Charlotte Caldwell on Facebook says:

    I bought Chicago metallic products at your recommendation and they work well. The sheet pan works as an extra shelf in our Force 10!

  3. I really love mine . . . to be honest, I didn’t realize what a big difference in quality there was until I got one good one — and then began replacing more and more of my pans!

  4. I need a better bread pan. Thanks for the advice. PS: Bought one of those scrubbie rags at Strictly Sail Pacific this weekend & told the fellow I heard of them thru you.

  5. Victor Beltran on Facebook says:

    classic shopper. Retail stores cater to your style.

  6. Margaret McGovern says:

    I think this is the answer to my bread pans that rust over the summer when we are not on the boat. I’ll have to wait until we return to the U.S. to order them. Amazon doesn’t deliver to the Rio Dulce!

  7. Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom! I was looking at the Chicago Loaf Pan on Amazon today and this one has been replaced by a “newer” model. Have you tired the new one or do you have any feedback about it? Here is the link:

    Thank you so much,
    Mary Grace

  8. We use silicone – and can realy recommend them. We use for silicone for all our baking.

  9. You are just a plethora of information. So much of your advice also applies to more than just those who live aboard. I am learning so much from you & I’m not on my boat yet.

  10. Claire Bradley says:

    Has anyone used one of these on a boat? They seem ideal as you do all the mixing, proving and cooking in one thing, and you can also apparently use them for steaming veg and fish. Anyone used a Lekue?

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