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I’m sick of buying baking tins in the supermarket only to have to replace them a year down the line.

Can I please some recommendations, thinking a 1lb loaf tin and a traybake/Brownie tin to begin with.
I want to buy once and not have to buy again, or know what to be on the lookout for in Charity shops or car boot sales.

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  • Floss
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    Silverwood or Lakeland. Not cheap but as long as you look after them they willlast for years.
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  • Brambling
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    Lakeland do offer a 3 year guarantee, although i found my Sainsburys and Robert Dyas tins are great but they are good solid heavy tins and weren't from their cheap range but in both instances brought in their sales. I think the Robert Dyas ones are Prestige.  Unfortunately cheaper tins tend to be flimsy 
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  • Emmia
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    edited 24 November 2023 at 5:21PM
    The last oven tray I bought was from Nisbets, which does professional cook wear - maybe have a look at their site.

    I bought a vogue branded one, which is super solid and I don't remember being very expensive.

    https://www.nisbets.co.uk/

    Edit: it wasn't, it was about £10
  • -taff
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    i got some stainless steel baking trays from amazon, they're really good but unfortunately only came in a pack of four. I've used three at a time so far though so no boggie, my sister canhave the fourth one.
    I would say don't buy cheap if you want them to last, but as far as loaf tins, I've found it easier to get a cheapie one and use liners for cakes.
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  • prowla
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    I wouldn't recommend Denby ones - I've got a couple where the finish started (ir was already) coming away after first use; I still have to get round to sending them back.
  • goldfinches
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    I have the Delia range from Silverwood which are brilliant as are the Bake-o-glide liners she also recommends, they're expensive but really do last and perform brilliantly every time. If you sign up to Delia's email subscription list she used to do regular 10% off offers and sometimes threw in free liners too but I don't know whether that's still happening.
    Silverwood also do occasional offers for their email subscribers which tends to result in everything you want being sold out in 2 hours flat in my experience but might be worth trying too.
    Other makes I've tried and that are a similar quality and performance are Nordic Ware, Chicago Metallic, Fat Daddios, Wilton and Lakeland*.
    Other makes I've heard are good but haven't tried are Le Creuset, Pyrex, Samuel Groves, Circulon, Masterclass, Tala, Prestige, Stellar, PME, KitchenAid, Judge.

    *There are several things you might not know to watch out for when you're buying baking tins and the first one is the colour of the finish. Delia's tins from Silverwood are all anodised aluminium which has a silver finish, all the Lakeland tins are a black or very dark blue non-stick finish, the two finishes cook slightly differently so choose the colour that your preferred recipe writer(s) uses in order to get the same results.
    Secondly watch out for sizing especially with brownie and traybakes recipes as there is no standard size so you can end up with a cupboard full of tins you use rarely. It can be worth buying a recipe book written for one size of tin like Edd Kimber's One Tin Bakes if you like the look of more than three or four of the recipes simply to know you're going to have the right kit. Some books look as though they will have a consistent tin size and then when you look more closely don't. A dodge to get round this can be to buy foil tins and crush the sides in to make a smaller size, I've done this but only once!
    Thirdly there are often basic and professional ranges produced by the same manufacturer and it can be confusing, especially if you're buying online, so that you can't tell whether you're getting the better quality or not. Weight can be a guide but not always as aluminium tins are very light.
    Fourthly pie dishes, cake tins, muffin tins etc. often turn up in charity shops so if you're willing to look that can be well worth doing. I have found some very good bargains but you do have to hunt and be patient. **
    Fifthly unless a recipe specifically says not to line your tray or tin you should always line it with baking paper, not greaseproof paper. That's another thing where the names of papers and the range sold in supermarkets have changed a lot and if you don't have bake-o-glide reusable liners I would recommend you buy a roll of baking paper or a packet of shaped liners from somewhere like Lakeland to make sure you get the right thing. 

    Sorry I've written such an essay here but I discovered most of these things through expensive and frustrating experience over the last few years and wanted to save you a few pennies if I could.

    ** PS my top tip for new bakeware bargains is to keep an eye on the Dunelm website as every so often they overstock on something good and then mark it down hugely in their sales. If you're only making something once or want to give something home made still in its tin, their own brand basic tin range isn't bad either. 

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    I have a variety of baking tins - some bought at a boot fair 40 years ago. Still work fine.
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    I have a variety of baking tins - some bought at a boot fair 40 years ago. Still work fine.
    Pity Boots or was it Timothy Whites? Don’t sell baking trays anymore 🥲
  • I have a variety of baking tins - some bought at a boot fair 40 years ago. Still work fine.
    Its all about the quality, you can tell from the weight and feel of the piece. To get them in good condition second hand is ideal.

    The adage buy cheap, buy twice definitely applies for cookware.
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  • Florenceem
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    A vintage Skyline loaf tin is £8.50 on Eba. - I paid 10p for mine all those years ago.
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