These are my old bread pans:
They were my mother's and my stepmother's bread pans. When I left for college … 40 years ago! … I took them with me. (Don't worry, my parents had bought a whole new set of pots and pans.) There are two different patterns, all Ovenex. I love them because they are really good bread pans, but even more because they remind me of my mom and my stepmom and good things that they baked, especially my mom's bread. They also remind me of family and friends for whom I have baked bread and other things over the years.
These are new bread pans that I just bought:
I used them yesterday and they work great. I looked lots of places in town and online for bread pans. They all cost a lot, between $9-$20 per pan. I did find a website of a restaurant supplier that would sell them for about $6 or $7 per pan if I bought 24 and paid a lot for shipping on top of that. Down the road I'm hoping I need a lot more bread pans. What to do?
I had to go to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft for something, so I took a look. I was surprised that they had bread pans, that they appeared to be good quality, and that they were lots less expensive than anywhere else. The regular price was $4.99 each, but they were on sale for $3.74 each! They are Wilton brand, like all of their cake decorating stuff.
After that I went to Wegmans. I was in the baking aisle, so I looked and saw that they had bread pans. They had the exact same kind as the ones I had just bought, comparably priced!
So thank you, Jo-Ann's, and Wegmans proves again what an awesome store they are!
Years from now, what will be the memories that I associate with these bread pans?