Garage sales can be the place to find hidden gems — especially when it comes to equipment for the kitchen. With fall baking in full swing, it's a great place to look for baking pans, including Bundt pans. If they're selling pots, pans, or utensils that are in good shape, then they're likely made of good material that can last.
With these tips, you'll know how to spot the great deals from the duds.
1. Consider the size.
If you're looking for a specific size of Bundt pan, then you can already answer this question for yourself. If not, then 10 to 12 cups is the standard for most recipes and your best bet for a basic pan to own. I've seen them sold as large as 15-cup and as small as mini six- or 12-cup molds all in one pan.
2. Consider the shape.
As long as the pan has the classic tube down the center, then the decorative sides are up to you. The more intricate the design, the more chances you have for sticking, but that doesn't mean it's going to happen. With a nonstick finish and nonstick spray or butter and flour, you can still bake the cake without sticking.
3. Consider the material.
There are all kinds of pans on the market, but for the most consistent baking, look for a light-colored cast aluminum pan with a nonstick finish. It conducts the best heat, while the light color helps to make an evenly browned cake. The nonstick finish helps to make sure the cake comes out of every nook and cranny in the design.
For more on Bundt pan material: What's the Best Material for a Bundt Pan?
4. Look for handles.
Handles are the cherry on top of the sundae for Bundt pans. If you find a pan with all your other requirements, but without handles, you'll still have a good baking experience. Handles just make it easier to take in and out of the oven, as well as turn over onto a platter once it's baked.
Have you ever scored a pan from a garage sale you really love?