Silicone bakeware: getting to know the new kid on the (chopping) block
We know, we know, change is a big deal. You’ve sized it up and down on the department store shelves and although you’re quite taken with it’s bright colors and sleek design, you’re still not sure about this one.
We won’t lie, like anything new, switching to silicone bakeware can be a little bit fiddly. As for all things fiddly, you’re probably thinking, ‘I don’t have the time’…
In our experience, purchasing the right products, coupled with a few handy tips on how to use them, can really simplify the transition and even save you time in the kitchen in the long run.
If you’re curious about silicone bakeware but don’t know quite where to start, read this list of pros and cons to get a better understanding of why so many are making the switch to this innovative product.
Convenience: Silicone trays are lighter, more flexible and cool-down quicker than metal bakeware, making them easy to transport and practical to store. For those of you who run a catering business (or are just the neighborly types who come bearing baked goods!), silicone trays are a great option as they stack up nicely and are easy to handle, unlike rigid, metal alternatives.
Non-stick surface: Silicone is a non-stick surface, and we take the term ‘non-stick’ very seriously! This, along with it’s easy to release, flexible nature, makes removing baked goods from the tray simpler than ever, meaning no more broken cakes.
Easy to clean: Silicone products are dishwasher safe and can be hand-washed just as easily if you’d prefer. Since they’re non-stick, there’s no need to grease proof your trays, resulting in less mess, less cleaning and more time for other things!
Long lasting and affordable: Silicone doesn’t melt like rubber or rust like metal. It’s also one of the cheaper trays on the market meaning not only are you saving money at the point of sale, you’re investing in a product that’s really going to last.
Versatile: Silicone products can withstand temperatures below freezing and as high as 430°F. This allows for real creativity in the kitchen. You can use your silicone muffin trays for almost anything. Some of our favorites include freezing soup stock in perfectly measured portions, or using it as a mould for homemade candles.
Whilst it clearly has a wealth of benefits, there’s still a few important things to keep in mind when purchasing silicone bakeware, and a few reasons why some industry professionals will say it’s not for them.
Too flexible: Some will say silicone bakeware is too flexible and difficult to handle once full. With certain brands you may experience this in which case you should try using a hard tray underneath for extra support.
We recommend trying TRENDS home cake pan, TRENDS home loaf pan or TRENDS home muffin cups as they feature an internal stainless steel metal frame for extra support.
No sharps: Although silicone bakeware is non-stick and there’s less of a need for it, you won’t able to use a knife to release the edges of your cakes. Sharp edges will cut straight through the silicone so if you like to use a knife whilst baking these might not be for you.
Quality: There are a lot of poor quality versions of silicone bakeware on the market. As with all silicone kitchenware, make sure the products you’re purchasing are FDA approved and always wash thoroughly before first use.
Follow these simple steps and keep in mind that it may take some time to adjust to your new bakeware. Once you’re well acquainted with your products we’re sure you’ll share a long lasting relationship!