One of the ways I speed up lunch-making in the morning is by preparing batches of cute food in advance. That way, making lunch is just a matter of grabbing a little of this, smashing a cookie cutter on that, then sticking a bunch of picks everywhere. If I have five more minutes, I smash around some smaller cutters to add that "special touch".
3 Ways To Use Silicone Molds for Cute Lunch Foods
1. Freeze Stuff
Hummus freezes well and retains its shape and detail even after it has defrosted. Smaller shapes work best so that they will be soft enough for dipping by the time lunch rolls around.
Yogurt is another great item to freeze. I prefer larger molds with easily identifiable shapes since yogurt melts quickly and details get lost by lunch time. I have also started putting colored coconut yogurt shapes on a plain greek yogurt background. The difference in consistency and color helps preserve the shape once melted.
2. Bake Stuff
Baked egg whites are very easy to make and have a nice, smooth consistency. Simply pour egg white into oven-safe molds and bake at 325Â° for 15 minutes. For a little extra fun, drop the shapes into a cup with warm water with a little natural food color in it. This works best for simple shapes without a lot of detail. One thing that taste particularly delicious is the beany cheese bites. Stuff cheese pieces into smaller baking molds, spoon in some re-fried beans, then cover with more cheese. Bake at 350Â° until cheese is fully melted. Allow to cool, then pop them out. Easy and yummy, even at room temperature.
3. Smoosh Stuff
Conventional egg molds make shaping hard-boiled eggs easy and fun. However, they come in a limited range of designs and my highly-distractable preschooler got bored pretty quickly. So, I have been experimenting with less traditional forms. Thus far, medium-sized silicone molds are the winner. Place a warm, peeled egg in the mold of your choice and put a plate and something heavy on top so that the egg is slowly, and gently pushed into the mold. If the egg is a little on the small side, stuff paper towel in the non-essential part of the mold.
Similarly, rice molds are common in the world of bento. For these, I use pre-made sticky rice and molds with very simple shapes. I put the rice in warm, and put a piece of parchment paper on top. Once it cools, I flip it over and plop it out onto the parchment paper, then flip it back over to place in the lunch container.
The Ozera 6 Cavities Plain Basic Rectangle Silicone Mold
is an excellent item to use in the kitchen for baking as well as for crafts such as homemade soaps. The cavity size measures 3.1"x2.2"x1" and it can hold approximately 110g of water. It`s also a food grade silicone so you know it`s safe to use when baking. It can handle the the heat up to 446 degrees Fahrenheit! It caneven be applied to microwave heating, oven baked, non-direct contact with flame cooking, cold storage and freezing. Overall it`s a durable silicone that`s well made. I particularly love being able to make delicious treat bars with these. Regardless of what you choose to use yours for, at the end of the day it`s super easy to clean. Even if it`s something really caked on, just let it sit in some water then it`ll easily wash off. That`s one thing that has me loving silicone - the ease of cleaning. Of course it`s also dishwasher safe as well. So a double bonus! Just looking for a way to organize a junk drawer? This fits perfectly in a kitchen drawer to toss your knick knack items in as well. I know, not the intended use, but found it was a great alternative use as well! Silicone is such a versatile material the possibilities are endless! What are some of your favorites?