One of our favorite kitchen product manufacturers has a great sale happening on Amazon right now. Chicago Metallic makes commercial-grade kitchen items with the home cook and baker in mind. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to see all the marked-down pieces in one place, but you can see them sprinkled in on the Chicago Metallic product page.
With discounts up to 40 percent, this is a great time to stock up on some of their best-sellers. The quality is good enough for the serious baker, but the prices are good for people just learning as well. Here are a few of our must-have picks.
1. Chicago Metallic Professional 9-Inch Non-Stick Springform Pan, $11 (was $18)
A springform pan is a requirement for cheesecake and other sweet or sticky baked goods, as the sides release completely to reveal a clean outer edge after cooling. It also makes for a great presentation for savory dishes like crust-bound gratins. What makes this pan special is its durable, heavy construction that prevents it from bending or warping during baking or storage (ahem, if you're someone who crams all of your baking pans into one drawer). The easy-release latch is substantial, which means the sides and bottom will be tightly sealed, ensuring leak-free baking and saving your oven from black, burnt-on batter. Cleanup is easy, thanks to its nonstick coating.
2. Professional Non-Stick Cookie/Jelly-Roll Pan Set with Cooling Rack, $25 (was $30)
This three-piece jelly roll set is so versatile it really belongs in every kitchen. Beyond its obvious use as a cookie baking and cooling station, once your cookies have cooled completely on the wire rack, place the whole setup back over the sheet pan to collect any drippy cookie frosting or melted chocolate you're using as decoration. Of course, you can use the jelly-roll pans alone to make any number of complete sheet pan meals like these. The nonstick surface and size make them perfect for quickly baking frittatas or cornbread for a crowd. And if you set the cooling rack inside the pan during roasting, breaded meats will come out extra crispy.
3. Non-Stick 2-Piece Healthy Meatloaf Set, $11 (was $17)
Most meatloaf recipes fit in a standard bread tin, but this set was designed with one of the most common meatloaf pitfalls in mind. Very often, fat and grease from whatever meat is being used can collect in the bottom of the pan during cooking, resulting in a pale, spongy bottom that's unpleasant to look at, let alone eat. The perforated baking rack in this set has handles for easy removal after baking, but most importantly sits above the bottom of the pan, allowing fat and grease to drain off.