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Muffin Pans, For A Lot More Than Muffins!

Miffin pan

My favorite muffin "tins" are actually 100% silicone, perfect for baking individual portions of almost anything, and they can significantly cut baking times. Cheap silicone isn't 100% silicone, is harder to clean, food won't pop out as easily, and it's not as resistant to heat. Paying a little more for thicker 100% silicone is worth it, as such pans won't tend to collapse when you fill them. They may still need nonstick spray, and they won't brown on bottoms and sides as nicely as with metal pans. But silicone pans are quieter to store and, if you buy a 12-cup silicone muffin pan, you can cut it with sturdy scissors into three pans (6-cup, 4-cup, and 2-cup) that are easier to store! Also, with these smaller cup sizes, you can cook two things at once. My favorites are Mrs. Anderson's Baking 12-cup and 6-cup Muffin Pans. $12 to $20 |

My Best Boat Pots And Pans

Hands down, I recommend the Magma 10-Piece Gourmet Nesting Cookware Set for great boat cookware. The set, appropriate for almost any pot restraints, includes a 1.5-, 2- and 3-quart saucepan, a 5-quart stockpot, a 9.5-inch frying pan, two lids, and removable handles. They store in a space measuring about 12 by 12 by 6 inches. With handles removed, the pots can be used in the oven, for serving dishes, and for mixing bowls. The handles attach securely so you won't be afraid of spilling hot food. Because the bottoms of the pots are heavy-duty stainless steel and triple-clad, there's less chance of hot spots, rust, or reaction to acidic foods. I like the nonstick set because they're a snap to clean up and very resistant to scratches. I also have the regular set; I season these so they're almost nonstick. Another less-expensive option is a Magma seven-piece “starter” set. $248–$309 for 10 pieces |

Magma 10-piece pots and pans set

Whisk With A Twist

Twisted whisk

I like using a whisk for lots of things, but they're hard to store in a drawer. And that's why this Joseph Joseph 2-in-1 silicone Twist Whisk is so neat. Twist the handle one way, and the “wires” lie flat so it's easy to store; twist them the other way, and it's a regular whisk. The wires are silicone-covered so it's safe to use in a nonstick pan. It comes apart for cleaning, important on a boat where you're trying not to use oodles of water. The company says you can use the whisk in the flat position as a scraper, but I prefer my silicone-spoon spatula for that. $10 |

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