Yes, catering tins especially ones made with aluminium can be used for oven cooking. Aluminium, being a good conductor, homogeneously distributes heat, improving the cooking of food in the oven. There is no risk of cracking, melting, charring or burning.
These tins are also ideal for storing and preserving food because they are lightweight and strong. Aluminium protects foods from oxygen, humidity and contaminants and it is perfect for low – acid and low – salty foods. Aside that, with appropriate coatings, all aluminium catering tins can withstand retort pasteurization and sterilization processes and resist acid and salty food corrosion.
In addition, they are 100 percent recyclable. In the United States, catering-size tomato tins are often used to make some cakes, and the recipe always bake perfectly in the can. However, if you want to use catering things in oven cooking, here are simple steps to consider.
7 Tips to Consider When Using Catering Utensils in your Oven
- Clean the can thoroughly to remove any food particles or metal shavings. A metal file run along the cut edges of the can removes any sharp or jagged pieces of metal formed along the rim when the can was opened. Remove the label from the can and the glue left from the label, which sometimes sticks to the sides.
- Coat the inside of the can with the cooking spray or oil. Regular cooking spray sometimes fails to let the can release the cake properly. A spray with flour added keeps the cake from sticking. Substitute regular vegetable oil or shortening if you do not have cooking spray.
- Preheat the oven to the temperature called for in the recipe.
- Prepare the cake batter and pour it into the prepared can or cans. Gently tap the cans on the counter to settle the cake mix so no air pockets remain during baking.
- Place the can or cans onto the baking sheet, spacing them evenly if you are baking more than one.
- Bake the required time for the recipe, usually 20 to 35 minutes, but check for doneness 10 minutes before the time is up by inserting a wooden skewer into the centre of the cake. A clean skewer means the cake is done.
- Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife along the inside of the can to release the cake. Gently turn the can upside down and shake to release the cake. Allow the cake to completely cool before decorating.
Nonetheless, always remember to use regular catering tin cans. Do not use cans with any type of coating on the inside. The coating may come off when heated in the oven. Only use food – grade cans. Never use cans that contained cleaners, paint or other chemicals.