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Knowing a few key things can help you choose the right flan pan. The most important thing to keep in mind is that a flan pan needs to a have a non-stick surface, because the flan will need to be removed from the pan for serving. Other considerations include the pan's material — whether glass, porcelain, steel, or silicone — its size, and its cost.
Flan pans are made of a variety of different materials. Many flan dishes may be made of glass. Some are made of porcelain, though these prove harder to work with as they are much heavier. Stainless steel pans are also a popular choice. The key to any of these pans is that their surface is smooth and will ensure the easy removal of a flan which is ready to be plated and served.
One of the biggest tasks facing a cook is removing the flan from the pan without ruining it in the process. For this reason, soft and flexible silicone pans have become quite popular. These pans offer a non-stick surface and are very easy to clean.
A flan pan must be oven safe. All flan recipes require that the flan be cooked at a high temperature in the oven. For this reason, any pan which does not clearly state that it is oven safe should not be purchased.
Size matters when choosing a flan pan. These types of pans come in a huge assortment of sizes, as flan can be made in single servings or larger sizes which provide portions for a number of people. Knowing what size flan you will be preparing is important when choosing the right flan pan for your specific cooking needs.
Smaller flan pans can be similar to a traditional ramekin. Some will have very lightly scalloped or fluted edges, as this will create a decorative appearance when the flan is removed from the pan. These smaller pans are often sold in sets. Also, some come with a tray in which they can be set while the flan is baked. A flan pan must be set in a water bath while the flan is baked, so these trays which handily fit all the small pans prove to be good deal when choosing a set.
Price is obviously a variable. As different as the pans can be, so can their prices. A pricier pan does not necessarily mean that you will be happier with it. When considering a pan, look at all that it will offer you and make a decision on which pan will best fit your needs and at the same time stay comfortably within your budget.
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