It may well be the hottest trend in the baking world, but it’s still a relatively new addition to the kitchen. Many home cooks don’t yet have much experience cooking with silicone. If you’re curious about how to use silicone bakeware, about it’s uses, and about how well it works, then here’s everything you need to know.
How to Use Silicone Bakeware
Learning how to use this product is simple. It’s very similar to using metal bakeware with a few minor differences.
- Unlike metal pans, silicone bakeware rarely needs to be greased before adding a batter. The non-stick coating combined with the oils and fats in the batter itself will ensure that the cakes, muffins, or whatever else you’re cooking can be removed from the molds easily.
- The only time you should add extra oil to silicone products is when you’re making something where the sugar content is much higher than the fat content (a very sweet cake for example).
- TIP A sturdy surface underneath can make life easier and reduce the risk of burns. Place the pans on to a metal baking sheet. The pans are very flexible, and moving them when they’re full of hot cakes can be difficult.
Is Silicone Safe?
Silicone received a bad reputation when the first generation of silicone breast implants hit the headlines for rupturing in the 1970’s. The good news is that SILICONE BAKEWARE IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY SAFE. In fact, it’s one of only a few types of bakeware material that is widely considered to be completely free from toxins. Toxins are sometimes found in metal bakeware, particularly in vintage pieces. Due to the risks, this isn’t used to make cookware today. For peace of mind, you’ll be happy to know that *the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved silicone rubber for food grade use.
It’s heat resistant, it’s non-stick, and it’s dishwasher safe – what more could you ask from silicone bakeware?
More Advantages of Silicone Molds for Baking
This product isn’t vulnerable to the effects of rapid temperature changes.
- It can be used successfully in both hot and cold environments.
This feature gives you the option to bake cakes in the oven or use the molds to make frozen yogurt or shaped ice cubes. Silicone molds for baking, for freezing, for pretty much anything, makes them a welcome addition to any kitchen and a COST EFFECTIVE KITCHEN ESSENTIAL.
How to Clean Silicone Bakeware
Reading reviews, you may notice a popular thread – that this type of rubber bakeware is difficult to keep clean. Although it may seem like it’s hard to remove that sticky film that forms on the base of the cookware, it’s actually really easy once you know the insider tips and tricks!
This film forms when oils and fats leak out of the cake batter, or if you apply extra oils to the pan in the hope of creating a super non-stick surface. Remember – SILICONE BAKEWARE DOESN’T ALWAYS NEED GREASING, it depends on what you’re making.
The trick to getting it completely clean is:
- use hot water and a good quality dishwashing soap that cuts through the grease
- allow the pan to dry slightly (you want it to still be damp)
- apply baking soda to any areas that still feel slimy
Baking soda is a mild abrasive and rubbing this in to the rubber will dislodge any stubborn oils.
Does Silicone Produce a Superior Product to that Baked in Traditional Metal Tins?
Unfortunately silicone pans can’t transform you from amateur baker to master chef. As with all types of cookware, silicone does have a few flaws, such as creating soggy bottoms if something particularly greasy (like cheesy muffins) has been cooked. However, we don’t buy silicone bakeware because it creates a better product, we buy it because IT IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE EASIEST TYPE OF COOKWARE TO WORK WITH.
Reference :* www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=177.2600