by Karen Bates
(last updated December 30, 2016)
Silicone bakeware can be fun and convenient to cook with. While quite different from traditional pans and containers, using silicone is a unique and easy way to bake meals.
Silicone is a material that is flexible but able to withstand very high heat. Although you might initially fear that a silicone pan will melt in your oven, it won't—it can handle a temperature of more than 500 degrees, making it a perfect material for cooking with. One of the perks of cooking with silicone bakeware is that the food is easily removable from the pan. Because silicone is flexible, food can be removed without a fuss and doesn't stick like it might with other pans.
There are many different types of silicone cooking tools. If you aren't sure you are ready to try actually cooking with a silicone pan, you can try a silicone spatula or trivet to see what the material is like. A spatula made of silicone won't stick to food as much and can handle high temperatures while not scratching surfaces. Trivets made of silicone are perfect for placing under hot foods at the table or for taking hot pans out of the oven.
Pans made of silicone can be a great convenience when baking. First of all, a silicone pan does not need to be oiled or greased. The silicone is non-stick and food should come out of the pan easily. You can find all kinds of silicone bakeware: cake pans, bundt pans, loaf pans, baking mats, and more. It is also helpful that silicone does not stain or rust, and is safe to go in the dishwasher. You can use silicone in the fridge or freezer, since it can withstand cold temperatures as well as hot. When using your pans, however, be careful not to cut into your silicone bakeware with a knife, since this can damage it. Take the food out of the pan first.
When choosing which silicone bakeware to purchase, look at the label. It should state on the packaging that the silicone is FDA approved food grade. Silicone bakeware comes in many colors, shapes and sizes, so pick what works best for you and your cooking needs. Also, check the particular piece of bakeware to see how high of a temperature it can handle.
Although it may seem odd at first, silicone bakeware can make cooking easier and more convenient, making stuck-on foods a thing of the past.
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