Written by April Reinhardt (last updated June 3, 2022)
I stood in the cookware isle of my local department store early last year and wondered why they had stocked red, plastic children's play muffin pans in the wrong department. Since then, I've realized that those muffin pans weren't children's toys and were, instead, real cookware intended to be used in an oven. But, much as my Grandma was skeptical about using non-stick cookware in the 60s, I was resistant to trying the flimsy silicone bake ware offered in strange colors in the cookware isle.
Since I was initially hesitant to the idea of silicone cookware, I decided to do a little research. Here are a few facts that I found, which you can rely upon before you go shopping for silicone to replace your metal and glass bake ware:
While most silicone cookware is inexpensive, be wary of very cheap brands since most of them are produced with a filler inside. A good way to determine if your silicone cookware has fillers is to bend it or twist it. If you can see white in the middle of the material, and if the cookware doesn't snap back into shape, then it is cheaply made and includes a filler. Do not purchase silicone cookware that contains fillers.
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