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Old 12-06-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Anyone know what this pan is used for?

Hi, I found this pan in the back of a cabinet and I'm trying to figure out what it's used for :-) It looks to be cast aluminium, it's about 3/4" deep. Any ideas?



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Old 12-08-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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I've been trying to work this one out. Let me ask - Is it solid metal. I mean, is it a flat bottom with those high points having lots of metal under them. Or is it the same thickness all over, in other words, is the bottom just the reverse of the top? It looks almost unused in the photo. Is that right?
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:45 PM   #3
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I wanna say a Madeleine pan. for cookies.
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:48 PM   #4
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I wanna say a Madeleine pan. for cookies.
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I wanna say a Madeleine pan. for cookies.
Those are almost always scored and shaped differently

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Old 12-08-2011, 12:52 PM   #6
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Not a madeleine pan. This is a madeleine pan:
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:01 PM   #7
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An egg mold used in a chicken factory? A mold to make mini "giant" eggs without having to stuff the pig intestines?
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:53 PM   #8
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Not a clue. It has my curiosity up.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:40 PM   #9
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To me, the pan just looks like a roasting pan, the egg shaped indentations are there so the lobster or meat roll like a pork loin, doesn't roll. That's a guess.
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It does not have a flat bottom, the bottom is the inverse of the top. It "feels" like cast aluminum to me, and you're right, it's never been used :-) On one end there are two holes on the bottom, one at each corner. They are maybe 3/16" of an inch almost like it can be put on something to hold it or to prop it up (?).

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I would send this image to William and Sonoma. They would have the answer.
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It almost looks like an insert into a commercial overhead venting system. they are composed of several separate perts to make them easier to clean. This would be one around the edge that surround the grease filter.
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It almost looks like an insert into a commercial overhead venting system. they are composed of several separate perts to make them easier to clean. This would be one around the edge that surround the grease filter.
Something like that was my impression. I was pretty sure it wasn't a pan, and the holes makes me even more of that mind. I first thought it was a reflector of some sort under a heating element array.
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Something like that was my impression. I was pretty sure it wasn't a pan, and the holes makes me even more of that mind. I first thought it was a reflector of some sort under a heating element array.

That occurred to me too, but seems a bit small and wide for a salamander. Heh, it's been at least 14 years since I worked in a commercial kitchen. The holes were what made me think of a surround for a vent, one little crimp and they were tough to rehang.
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That occurred to me too, but seems a bit small and wide for a salamander. Heh, it's been at least 14 years since I worked in a commercial kitchen. The holes were what made me think of a surround for a vent, one little crimp and they were tough to rehang.
I'm thrown off by the ten dimples in the 'humps' A long cylindrical item would nestle perfectly on those dimples but I don't think it could be bread dough as the uncooked dough would sag down into the low points between the humps before the dough set and cooked. You'd end up with a wavy loaf of bread.

I'm beginning to wonder if it has anything at all to do with food.
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I'm thrown off by the ten dimples in the 'humps' A long cylindrical item would nestle perfectly on those dimples but I don't think it could be bread dough as the uncooked dough would sag down into the low points between the humps before the dough set and cooked. You'd end up with a wavy loaf of bread.

I'm beginning to wonder if it has anything at all to do with food.
Unless they were shaped to fit around conduit or vent, the stack was usually about 6-8 inches in those commercial vents. If the vent was at 90 degrees to connect to another stack.
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