Food Safety Issues/Is it safe to use a cookie tin to bake in?
Expert: Carol Schlitt - 12/14/2013
Question My wife had recently made a flan using a Christmas cookie tin. I explained to her after the fact that I do not think that it is safe to eat because looking at the cookie tin it had a yellow tint on the inside. Now that she has already bake the flan and remove it from the cookie tin it doesn't have that yellow tint anymore and I'm afraid that it was some kind of Apoxsee or chemical that had leached into the Flan. What do you think?
Answer Hi Nick,
Decorative cookie tins are not designed to bake food but only for storing already baked items. The yellow tint was a sealer on the inside of the tin and is now part of your wife's flan. You should definitely not consume the flan as the coating has leached into it and could be harmful to consume.
Now you know what to get your wife for Christmas -- a flan pan!
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