Silicone bakeware has received a great deal of attention and praise from professional bakers and pastry chefs. The base material used to create silicone is pure fine grain sand, which is converted into flexible silicone sheets by applying a specialized high temperature and pressure process. Food grade silicone is completely safe and meets all FDA food safety standards. Molding silicone sheets into different shapes creates various silicone bakeware items. Silicone bakeware comes in a variety of interesting shapes and colors providing bakers with a lot of room for creativity. Examples of items in silicone bakeware sets include silicone muffin pans, baking cups, baking mats and liners.
Silicone bakeware efficiently distributes heat, which results in even browning. Being flexible you don't have to coax that muffin or cake out of a rigid form; instead you simply peel away the silicone mold. Once you are done baking you can use a soft cloth and warm water or throw the bakeware in the dishwasher.
Silicone bakeware is dishwasher safe and microwave safe and can even be used in toaster ovens so long as it is not placed too close to an open flame or element. Storage is also one of the attractive features since silicone bakeware can be compressed into tight spaces without deforming or losing its shape.
Key features and benefits of silicone bakeware
There are many advantages to using silicone bakeware over traditional metal-based bakeware. Below is a list of the most important features and benefits.
Taking out baked goods is a snap given the flexibility; no more cutting out cakes or muffins out of inflexible metal molds and pans
Can be stored in tight spaces since it can be scrunched and squeezed without losing its shape
Professional silicone bakeware is completely non-stick and dishwasher safe making cleaning a snap
Silicone bakeware can withstand temperature of up to 500ºf; it can be used in the freezer (to make interesting Popsicles for kids) in the microwave or even the toaster oven
Will not retain the odor of baked goods due to its smooth non-porous surface