Silicone products are the latest trend in kitchenware. Available in a vast array of colors and styles, silicone is being used to make everything from spatulas to muffin pans. Bakeware is especially popular, and with good reason. Here are some of the benefits, and information on how you can incorporate these products into your kitchen.
It`s Great for Baking
Silicone makes baking easy because it creates a non-stick surface without the need of grease or parchment paper. If you are making cakes, you can use one of the new pans, but if you are using a cookie sheet you will need a liner. These liners fit into your metal cookie sheets. They are durable and make clean-up easy. They also work wonderfully well for rolling out cookie dough or other baked goods
Enhance Your Stovetop Cooking Experience
Pots and pans that are made from silicone distribute heat evenly, and the non-stick surface helps prevent accidental burning and crispy edges on the food. You can say good-bye to ripped omelets and torn pancakes. They will never stick to silicone, so turning and serving these foods is an easy task.
Silicone Makes Storage Easier
Leftovers are easier to store and reheat with silicone. Traditional plastic storage containers are not always adequate for freezer storage, and they cannot go into the oven. Silicone storage allows you to cook your food, put it in the refrigerator or freezer, and then reheat the food, all in the same container. Instead of using four or five pans and bowls, to cook, store, and reheat the food, you can use only one.
They Are Great for Traveling
Travelers love silicone products. Their lightweight, collapsible qualities make them the perfect choice for tight spaces such as cabins and recreational vehicles. This flexible material can be pulled, tugged and shoved into tight spaces and still pops back to its original shape, and of course the non-stick surface cleans easily.
Easy to Clean Cooking Accessories
Silicone is used to make far more than bakeware. Spatulas, tongs, basting brushes, and trivets are only a few examples of the kitchen accessories that can be found. These accessories are versatile and easy to clean, and withstand heat far better than some of their ordinary counterparts.
The benefits of silicone are obvious. These products are durable, easy to clean, and easy to store. However, you do need to take some precautions to get the most out of these products. You should avoid sharp knives or pizza cutters, for example, and always follow manufacturer recommendations for heat settings when baking. If you follow these suggestions, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of silicone baking products for many years.
Here are a few kitchenware favorites of mine:
1) Ozera Silicone Breakfast Egg Mold Ring, Purple Smile Face and Red Sun Cloud Egg Shaper, Set of 2
These shapers are TOO cute!! They are made of durable and long-lasting 100% FDA Food Grade silicone AND they`re dishwasher safe & BPA-free! They are also made to withstands temperatures of -20 degrees F to 450 degrees F. I have two kids: a 6 year old daughter and an almost 1 year old son. I love to surprise my kids from time to time with a yummy breakfast and a fun breakfast. We can`t afford to go out and have breakfast at a restaurant on a regular basis (nor would we honestly want to) but the next best thing for my 6 year old is having food that looks silly and fun and these sure accomplish that goal. The design keeps the egg yolk in place while still allowing the egg white to fill the rest of the mold. When all is done, these molds are super easy to clean - just rinse off or even toss in the dishwasher. It`s that simple! I absolutely love these as do my kids!
2) Ozera Nonstick Metallic Cake Bakeware 24 Cups Mini Muffin Pan, 2 Piece
I love mini bite sized cupcakes and this pan is perfect for making them! I love that it`s non-stick so the muffins don`t crust to the side and it`s easy to clean when the baking is done. The tray measures 15.5 x 2.5 x 10.8 inches and since these come in a set of two it makes it easy to make more muffins at a time. The pans are high quality, well made, and not really heavy in weight, but not flimsy either. These can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees F! I love that they`re also rust protected as well. I baked some fresh blueberry muffin bites with mine and they came out tasting great, not burnt and to top it off they slipped out the pan without any issues! I think it`s safe to say using this pan was a success!
I LOVE some donuts! I`m still trying to perfect home baking them, but these pans are definitely useful in that journey. They silicone, food grade molds are heat-resistant to temperature of -40 Degrees Celsius to +230 Degrees Celsius(-40 to 446 Degrees F) and are dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer and microwave safe. Because these come in a set of two, you can make more donuts at a time - Yummy! These molds measure 12 x 7 x 1 inches in size and are flexible and light weight. I used regular old cake mix to try these out and made the family some cake donuts and can we say they were DELICIOUS! Hey - it`s what we had on hand and they came out good; that`s what counts! Clean up was easy. I rinsed the molds and tossed them in the dishwasher for a more thorough cleaning. So far so good!
I`m a fan of silicone bakeware mostly for the ease of use and cleaning. This mold is great for making smaller sized cakes or mini bread loafs. It is heat-resistant to temperature of -40 Degrees Celsius to +230 Degrees Celsius(-40 to 446 Degrees F) and is dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer and microwave safe. I love that it comes in a set of two so you can bake more cakes or treats at a time. The mold is durable, well made and worked out great for baking my cake in! I love the "mini cakes" as I call them. When I was done baking the molds were super easy to clean. I just had to rinse it out. I opted to toss mine in the dishwasher as well for a more thorough cleaning. Great for those who love to bake or just want cute cakes!
My husband BBQs pretty regularly and I enjoy baking my chicken - after I`ve got it covered in flavor of course. This basting brush works so much better than a bristle brush! First of all, no worries of the bristles falling off. This is durable, well made, and can withstand temperatures of -40 Degrees Celsius to +230 Degrees Celsius(-40 to 446 Degrees F). I love that this set comes with two brushes in two different sizes: 10 inches and 8 inches so depending on what you need it for you have an option. I prefer the smaller one for most of my needs and my husband likes the longer one for when he`s adding on BBQ sauce while working on the grill. When all is said and done I just rinse the brush off and toss it in the dishwasher for an easy cleaning. The brush is definitely well made and seems like it`ll last quite a while. I guess it`s easy to impress when you`re used to cheaply made brushes where the bristles fall out. Thank goodness I don`t have that problem anymore!