Chelsydale Silicone Cupcake Liners
Bakeware has come a long way over the past few years. Metal and glass have given up their spots as the state-of-the-art of baking in lieu of more temperature-stable silicone bakeware. Silicone bakeware is nonstick, flexible, and cooks very evenly, and it does it all using less oil, butter and shortening.
What is silicone bakeware?
Silicone bakeware is the newest technology in baking. Unlike metal or glass pans traditionally used for baking, silicone is a rubber-like material that is malleable and very user friendly. Silicone bakeware comes in wide array of options, including loaf pans, muffin liners, pie pans, bundt pans, cookie sheets, and casserole pans.
Silicone is also used to make cooking utensils, such as spatulas, and can also be used as pot holders.
Benefits of Silicone Pans
- There are a number of characteristics that make silicone special but the most important is the ability to stand up to high temperatures without getting hot to the touch. With traditional bakeware and cooking tools, the user must wait until the pan cools down before it can be safely handled.
- Silicone bakeware is non-stick. No greasing or parchment paper necessary! Which means healthier and less calories!
- Because silicone heats evenly, muffins with blackened bottoms are a thing of the past.
- No more fussing to remove cakes and breads from the pans. Silicone makes removal easy; with a gentle flexing of the pan, the cake will slide right out
- It can be rinsed quickly and easily. Scrubbing isn’t required. Dishwasher safe.
- Silicone can stand up to temperatures of 400 to 500 degrees F and won’t warp under the intense heat like a metal pan can. Silicone pans generally last longer than metal pans.
- Flexible and lightweight material allows you to bend, twist and fold for easy and space-efficient storage.
- Switching from parchment paper to a silicone baking mat reduces paper waste. These mats can be re-used many times!
- Silicone baking mats can also be used in the freezer to freeze fruit and vegetables without them sticking to the pan.
Chelsydale Silicone Baking Mat
How to Use Silicone Pans
Whether trying out a silicone baking mat or a loaf pan, this bakeware is easy to use. It doesn’t need to be greased or floured to prevent sticking. Prepare the recipe as usual, and then place the silicone bakeware on top of a cookie sheet or wire rack. Pour the batter into the pan and place in the oven. Bake as usual.
Remove the pan from the oven, lifting the metal rack or sheet out of the oven, not the silicone directly. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then gently flex the silicone pan and your muffins will easily pop out!
NOTE: Be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions before using new pans. Some pans come with a maximum temperature recommendation, and some can’t be used with serrated utensils.
How to Clean Silicone Pans
One of the most frustrating things about baking can be cleaning and scrubbing the bakeware. Silicone makes cleaning up easy! Just rinse in the sink and gently rub with a dishcloth. Because the Silicone pans are non-stick, it won’t be necessary to scrub burnt bits off the bottom of the pan. Most silicone is dishwasher safe.
Save Money & Eco-Friendly
Re-usable silicone muffin liners are an eco-friendly alternative to disposable paper cups.
Is silicone just for the oven?
While silicone is primarily used in the oven to create dinners and desserts, it can also be used in the microwave for fast cooking. Silicone pans are refrigerator-safe and freezer-safe and is very durable. A set of silicone bakeware will generally last longer than a similar set of metal or glass bakeware.