5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With a Bundt Pan

Bundt Pan When it comes to purchasing cookware and gadgets for the kitchen, many people are reluctant to purchase items that serve a single purpose. A decorative pan, a knife designed for a particular fruit or a specialized stirrer...

Bundt Pan
Bundt Pan

When it comes to purchasing cookware and gadgets for the kitchen, many people are reluctant to purchase items that serve a single purpose. A decorative pan, a knife designed for a particular fruit or a specialized stirrer might seem to be a waste of money, not to mention space in the kitchen, especially when another tool will do the same job just as well.

However, many kitchen tools that seem single-purpose are actually more versatile than they appear. Case in point: the Bundt pan. These decorative pans are most commonly used for delicious cakes, but their unique shape lends itself well to other delectable dishes ? in addition to saving you clean-up time.

Chicken Roaster

Rotisserie ovens allow for your meat to be cooked evenly all over, keeping it juicy inside and crispy on the outside. Did you know you can achieve the same effect using your Bundt pan as a vertical roaster? Fill the bottom of the pan with potatoes and carrots, season your chicken, and then place it vertically in the pan, with the cavity over the center of the pan. Place a cookie sheet under the Bundt pan to catch any drippings and roast as you normally would.

Roasted Chicken
Roasted Chicken

Ice Ring Mold

When you?re serving punch in a bowl, you want to add ice to keep it cool, but cubes have a tendency to melt quickly. Use your Bundt pan instead to create an attractive ice ring for your punch. Fill the pan with fruit or garnishes for your punch; choose fruits that will complement the taste of the punch. Add water to the top of the fruit; avoid covering it completely to keep the fruit from floating. Freeze in a level spot until solid. To remove the ice, run some warm water over the bottom of the pan. The ring should slide right out.

Casseroles

If you?re making a hearty casserole and presentation is important, bake it in a Bundt pan. A dish like sweet potato casserole works well; remember to put the topping on the bottom of the pan so it?s on top of the casserole when the pan is inverted. Bundt pans are also ideal for making meatloaf. Fill the center opening with mashed potatoes for an attractive meal.

Baked Potatoes

If you need to keep your potatoes contained during cooking, place them in a Bundt pan. Grease the pan and stand them upright around the ring so they will bake evenly. This works for sweet potatoes as well.

Corn Catcher

There?s nothing better than fresh corn on the cob, but you don?t always need or want the kernels to remain on the cob. To help make the process easier ? and less messy ? use your Bundt pan. Stand the ear of corn up in the middle of the pan and then cut the kernels off in a downward motion. The pan will catch them, making it quick and easy to add to your recipe.

These are just a few of the clever uses for a Bundt pan. Before you add it to the stock for your next garage sale thinking you can only use it a few times a year, try to find alternative uses. It may just become your favorite pan!