Silicone Bakeware

 

Unless you’ve been living off the grid for quite some time now then you’d know that silicone baking tools have taken over the market, and rightfully so. While yes, silicone baking tools owe much of their popularity to the insane amount of convenience they bring, they are also just like your other more traditional bakeware in the sense that you need to know how to use them properly so they would last longer. So, if you’re planning to purchase some silicone bakeware then make sure to read the following tips on using silicone bakeware first to get the best experience possible.

 

  1. Do A Pinch Test To See If It’s Pure Silicone
One of the first things you need to do is to check if your bakeware is made of pure silicone or not. What difference does it make quality-wise? Well, if you’re aware of how durable and flexible pure silicone can be, then a lot. To do the test, you need to pinch and twist any part of your silicone bakeware. If the color remains the same then your baking tool is crafted from pure silicone. But if the area you twisted produces white marks, then the item you have is made from silicone combined with other ingredients.

 

  1. They Can be Used as Food Containers

A lot of bakers just store all of their silicone bakeware in boxes and cabinets when not in use, and that’s just fine. However, if you can’t get enough of their cute and colorful designs then you can also use them to hold a variety of baking ingredients.

For example, you can store your berries and nuts in silicone cupcake liners. Aside from that, you can also use your silicone bowls and trays to store larger ingredients such as a bag of baking flour, old bread, eggs, yeast, and more.  It also doesn’t hurt that silicone bakeware are washable and reusable, so after you utilize them as food containers they can be easily cleaned and turned back into the proper baking equipment that they are.

 

  1. Always Remember Their Temperature Ratings

While silicone baking tools are known to withstand high temperatures, it doesn’t mean that they will not melt when things get too hot. So yes, when you bake – especially at very high temperatures– make sure that you stay within the recommended temperature ratings of your silicone bakeware to avoid damaging them.

The temperature rating of silicone bakeware typically ranges from – 40 F to up to 446 F but it’s best if you check your silicone tools one by one just in case theirs are set differently.

 

  1. Clean Them First Before Use
Similar to traditional bakeware, you must also clean your silicone baking tools before use whether you’ve just bought them from a store or just took them out of your cabinet. Cleaning silicone bakeware is compared to the metal ones, all you need are warm water and soap then you are good to go. You must also dry your silicone bakeware thoroughly before putting any food into it.

 

  1. Put Metal Baking Sheets Under Large Silicone Baking Pans for Extra Stability

Next on our list of tips on using silicone bakeware is related to a problem that you’ve probably encountered before. One of the very few downsides to using silicone baking tools is that they don’t offer the same kind of stability as traditional bakeware.

So, it is recommended to place metal baking sheets or a rack under your silicone baking pan when baking cake layers to eliminate worrying about deforming or even breaking them apart.

 

  1. Grease Large Silicone Sheets and Pans
Yes, most silicone-made tools don’t require greasing. However, it is still recommended to be done (along with buttering and flouring) when using large silicone baking pans and sheets. Why is that? It’s because cakes baked in these silicone baking molds are more prone to cracking compared to the ones cooked in traditional metal pans. Putting oil or even non-stick cake spray on your silicone bakeware can help prevent your cake from breaking apart especially when transferring it onto your decorating table.

 

  1. Use Them For Savory Dishes As Well

Silicone baking molds are commonly used to bake sweet desserts. However, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be used for savory dishes as well. Silicone baking cups, in particular, are perfect for making quiches, wanton wrapper-lined snacks, mini pies, meat cupcakes, and so much more. Larger ones such as silicone baking pans and bowls are also great containers for baked spaghetti, casserole, meatloaves, and other savory dishes. Make sure you’ll get your money’s worth by using your silicone bakeware in all the different ways they’re suitable.

 

These are just seven of the countless amazing tips on using silicone bakeware. Silicone baking tools are great to have in the kitchen, and although they are not as perfect as many of us think they are, the tips we just shared can help help you make the most out of them.