After finding yet another blog-worthy idea on Pinterest, baking quick breads in aluminum cans, I decided to make sure my assumptions about aluminum cans were correct before I published. I thought if I could SEE the aluminum on the inside of the can, it was free of BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical used to line the cans), and therefore safe to purchase and reuse for baking. Likewise, I assumed if I couldn’t see the aluminum inside the can, then BPA was used to line the can, thus rendering it unsafe. I had no idea this would be nothing more than a fun, worry-free post!
According to what I found with the help of my buddy Google, most cans contain BPA, whether visible or not, and a firestorm of controversy swarms this issue. You probably know that makers of baby bottles and polycarbonate plastic water bottles voluntarily eliminated the use of BPA in the manufacturing of their bottles. BPA from such packaging leaches into the food it contains, and is toxic when consumed by humans, particularly infants and children, and is best avoided at all cost. Click here for a summary of BPA from Wikipedia, and here for list packagers using BPA-free cans (and those who still use BPA).
Now that I have my various BPA-free cans of Eden bean products, and my Pomi tetrapak’d tomatoes, I can add another notch in my safe shopper belt. Now, on with the fun!
To experiment with the process, I used my mother’s Banana Bread recipe, modifying it only to decrease the baking time. If you want to use this recipe in a traditional loaf pan, increase the baking time to 54 minutes.
Banana Bread in a (BPA-free) Can
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Spray the interior of 4 15-ounce cans with Bakers Joy or Pam with Flour.
Cream shortening and sugar, then add bananas and eggs, mixing well. Add baking soda, vanilla and flour.
Spoon the batter into the cans, dividing equally, filling the cans half-way with batter. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
Cool bread in the cans. Take as an adorable hostess gift as is, or slice and enjoy right away.