(Because even the toughest guy can get a little bit sensitive sometimes.)
With all the attributes of silicone bakeware, including; affordability, heat resistance, flexibility and more, there’s still a few cardinal rules that must be obeyed in order for this relationship to really ‘stick’.
At the end of the day, cleaning your trays should be super simple… so long as you don’t go rogue and deviate from this plan:
1. Prevention is better than treatment
Do not line your trays with cooking sprays, butter or oil. These products are unnecessary and leave an unwanted, hard-to-clean residue in your trays. Trust us on this one… you won’t like it when we say, ‘we told you so’
2. Put down the knife!
Silicone has a non-stick surface and easy to remove, flexible base — your baked treats should slide right out, even without the help of a butter knife. In fact, using a knife to remove your cakes is likely to cut through the silicone base and damage the non-stick surface. Just don’t do it.
3. Keep them clean
All high-quality silicone bakeware will be dishwasher proof. This is hands down the best way to clean your trays. If there’s still hardened bits of food around the edges, try popping the tray back in the oven for a few minutes. This will loosen any remains and make them easier to wipe off.
If you failed to follow cardinal rule number one, you’ll need to call in reinforcements. Pre-wash your trays with some grease-cutting detergent, hot water, and a gentle sponge before putting them in the dishwasher.
If this still doesn’t cut it, you might need to try soaking them in some baking soda. Use water to create a paste and let them sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse again with hot water and set them to dry.
Sound like too much trouble to you? We REPEAT, do not use cooking sprays. Your silicone bakeware thanks you in advance.