Sadia wouldn't do without reusable baking cups for her daughters' sack lunches.

Wouldn’t Do Without Wednesday: Reusable Baking Cups

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You’ve probably used paper baking cups at some point. They’re available in enormous variety, from the plain white ones to extraordinary feats of artistry.

These paper cupcake liners are so pretty... but the reusable kind are more adaptable
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Adorable as the paper kind can be, my heart belongs to their reusable silicone brethren.

Image by Le Living and Co is license under CC 2.0
Image by bloggyboulga is licensed under CC 2.0

I occasionally use reusable silicone baking cups to bake cupcakes, breakfast muffins, or the dangerously addictive brownie-dipped Oreos that I blame LauraC for adding to my baking repertoire. More often, though, I use them in my daughters’ school lunches. These flexible molds are just perfect for keeping the different elements of their lunch separated.

Reusable baking cups are ideal for keeping lunch components separated.I use reusable baking cups for both hot and cold lunches. The hot lunch above consists of peas, rice, and sausage. The liners fit perfectly inside our small lunch Thermos containers to stack the dishes and keep them separate. My girls do then need to pry them out with the help of a fork, for a nice hot three part meal. For cold lunches, the liners serve to keep carrots or raisins from running into a sandwich or wrap.

I’ve even taking to packaging rice in these liners as soon as it’s cool, so the rice is already sorted into single servings when I go to the fridge.

They’re not all that expensive, either. I find the Ikea liners to be very affordable. I recently received a set from Calphalon that were excellent quality, but rather pricey.

Do you have reusable baking cups? Are they gathering dust in your kitchen? Do you use them for storage?

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Sadia (rhymes with Nadia) has been coordinating How Do You Do It? since late 2012. She is the divorced mother of 10-year-old monozygotic twins, M and J. They live in the Austin, TX suburbs, where Sadia works full time in information technology. She contributes to a number of parenting websites and magazines and also runs The Mommy Blogging Guide, where she answers mommy bloggers' technical questions.

2 thoughts on “Wouldn’t Do Without Wednesday: Reusable Baking Cups”

  1. Seeing the title of this post, I knew you must have written it! 😉 I think we’ve shared our love of silicone cups before!

    We use them for exactly the same function…separating parts of the girls’ lunch. I have enough — a variety of large and small — to last for a week. If I’m telling the truth, I usually rinse them at the end of the day, and then put them all to soak for an hour or so over the weekend. Then I dedicate 10 minutes to washing everything.

    I love the Bento-box-esque way this allows me to pack lunches. It’s so cute, too! 😉
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    1. Yes, there are definitely some cute points in order too!! Although I’m never going to be the mom who turns lunches into works of art. (I save that for my cookies.)

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