How to Grease and Flour Baking Pans

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    Step 1 - Begin with a Clean Pan

    Clean baking pans. Scott & Zoe/Photodisc/Getty Images

    Be sure to start with a clean and dry baking pan.

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    Step 2 - Grease the Pan

    Step 2 - How to Grease and Flour Baking Pans - Greasing the Pan
    Make sure and the grease completely covers the inside of the pan. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    It's always best to use good quality solid vegetable shortening when greasing your pans. In the past, I would just use a folded paper towel to apply the grease. Then I moved on to a brand new, never previously used, 2-inch wide paint brush. I used that brush specifically for greasing pans. My latest discovery is the silicone pastry brushes. Even though mine is a chef with a silicone brush head, it still works great.

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    Step 3- Adding Flour

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    Measurement doesn't have to be exact. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Add one teaspoonful of flour to the pan.

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    Step 4 - Flouring the Bottom

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    This is easier than it looks. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    With the pan bottom even with the flour, gently shake the pan back and forth. This will help to evenly disburse the flour.

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    Step 5 - Flouring the Sides

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    Keep turning the pan to get all of the sides. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    To flour the sides of your pan:

    • Tilt the pan up on its side.
    • While holding the pan in one hand, gently tap it with the flat part of your other palm, as if tapping a tambourine.
    • Once one side is floured, continue to turn and tap the pan until each side is covered with flour.

    If you're flouring another already greased pan, hold the first pan over the second pan. Then tap the excess flour into that pan by gently tapping the bottom of the first pan. Add additional flour to that pan, if necessary.

    If...MORE you are not flouring a second pan, tap out the excess either into the trash or the sink. If it's going into the sink, be sure to rinse it immediately. If left for a while, wet flour tends to harden making clean-up more extensive.

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    Step 6 - Add the Batter

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    Allow your baked goods to cool at least a couple of minutes in the pan prior to removing. See your recipe for the exact time. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    If there are 2 pans, be sure to evenly divide your batter. If any excess or drips end-up on the sides or lip of the pan be sure to remove them prior to baking.