Silicone products have recently become a popular commodity in the home kitchen and can now be found in almost any store that sells kitchen products. What exactly is all the fuss about anyway, you ask? While it doesn’t mean you should immediately throw out your prized bakeware and kitchen accessories and replace them with silicone counterparts, silicone does have a number of great benefits that you may want to consider next time you’re shopping for your kitchen.
Bakeware made of silicone has an even heat distribution which allows baked goods to be cooked all the way through without burning the bottom or sides. One problem that many people run into with glass or metal bakeware is having overcooked or burned edges and an underdone center. Silicone is also great as an all purpose cooking material, because it is safe for use in the oven, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer. The material is also non-stick, so there is no need for cooking spray, flouring, or muffin cups. Once silicone bakeware is removed from the oven, it cools quickly, reducing the risk of burns or overcooked food. For this reason silicone is also a great material for potholders. Silicone potholders are more manageable than ones made of cloth and are useful for gripping even small edges and handles.
Cleaning and Storage Benefits
Silicone products are very durable: they cannot break, rust, stain, or get dented. Metal cooking equipment has a tendency to rust over time, while glass bakeware is at risk of being broken if dropped. Silicone is also handy for intensive cooking because most silicone kitchen accessories and bakeware are dishwasher safe, significantly cutting down the dishwashing time after you have finished cooking. Also, food does not stick to silicone, so kitchen products can be easily and quickly cleaned either by hand or in the dishwasher. When looking for a place to store your silicone kitchenware, you won’t have to look very hard. Silicone is flexible and collapsible to make storage easier.