Silicone bakeware has been gaining popularity among baking lovers. You can find it in all sizes, hues, and shapes. Those colorful molds look so tempting to buy. If you are new to silicone bakeware, you probably have many questions like how to use silicone bakeware? Are they dishwasher safe? Can they be used in the oven or microwave oven? What temperature is safe to be used? Can they be toxic?
So get your batter ready, tie your aprons and take out your silicone collection that you haven’t been able to use yet. Because you will be learning from my mistakes and experiences. Keep reading, and we will answer all these questions and provide a step-by-step guide on how to use silicone bakeware.
Step by Step Guide on How To Use Silicon Bakeware:
Step 1: Grease with cooking spray
Yes, I know silicone bakeware is supposed to be non-stick, and it certainly is but not completely. So spray your bakeware with oil. This simple step will ensure that your bakeware will remain non-stick throughout the process. And it makes removing the baked goods effortlessly. It will further assist in easy cleaning.
Step 2: Incorporate Cookie Sheets
Silicone bakeware is very flexible, and that’s a considerable advantage when removing the baked goods, but it can be a problem when you pour the batter into the molds. Its highly pliable nature can easily cause a mess. Therefore always use a cookie sheet when baking. The added support from cookie sheets will make pouring the batter, picking the silicone, and later taking it out of the oven very easy.
Step 3: Be patient with dark-colored silicone bakeware
A fascinating but rather important point to keep in mind is that dark silicone bakeware takes longer to cook all the way through. So carefully read the instructions on the back of the cake box or recipe and follow specific dark bakeware instructions. It usually suggests giving an extra five to ten minutes in the oven.
Step 4: Follow the recommended oven temperature on cake, muffin, or cookie mix.
The best thing about silicone bakeware is that they are heat resistant and can take high-temperature quiet well. This means they can be safely used in the oven as well as microwaves too.
This bakeware can take temperatures as high as 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore the temperatures mentioned in the instruction on the box of the mix should be followed.
Step 5: Cool your freshly baked good
You are almost done. Moreover, you have baked in your silicone bakeware for the first time. The cake/cookie/muffin/cupcakes look perfect. They have risen under the warm temperature of the oven, and your timer just went off. It’s finally time to take them out of the oven and be proud of yourself. But stop. There is still one more colossal tip/step that you need to keep in mind.
Silicone bakeware is pliable, but that doesn’t mean that you do not have to give them time to cool down like you would for a glass or metal pan. You must place your baked goods on a cooling rack and let them cool before taking them out. Give it at least 30 to 45 minutes before proceeding further. This will ensure that you can easily peel off this bakeware.
Step 6: The fun part, peel it off.
This is probably the coolest part of using silicone bakeware. Once it’s cool, you flip the pan and peel it off. This bakeware is so flexible it will just bend back and separate easily. And since we greased it in the first step, there will not be any cake sticking to the surface, further making it easy for you to clean.
Step 7: Be proud of yourself
You did it! Your first time is baking with silicone bakeware, and you did it so well. Now that you know how to use silicone bakeware, it’s time to take that picture for your Instagram story and show it to the world. Be proud of yourself and enjoy your hard work. You learned something new today.
Step 8: Use the top rack of the dishwasher
No, it does not end just yet. But good for you, this step is very simple. Silicone bakeware is extremely easy to clean. Just like any other pan, you put it in the top rack of your dishwasher, and they come out sparkling.
A few additional tips can be kept in mind when cleaning. Since silicone bakeware is non-stick, it will not absorb oil, and you may notice a thin layer of grease on the surface after baking. Use warm water and dishwashing soap/liquid for cleaning, and wash it as you do for your dirty crockery.
After you have washed, do not let the pan dry; instead, generously apply baking soda on the areas that are still greasy. Massage that baking soda with a dishcloth onto the surface till it forms a paste and then let the paste sit for a while and finally wash it off with dish soap.
Keep in mind that sanitation is the most critical factor. So please take advantage of its easy-to-wash feature and thoroughly clean it before your next baking session.
Bonus tip: Never serve in silicone bakeware
The biggest mistake you can make when using silicone bakeware is to cut your baked goods while still in the pan. Silicon is porous, and its surface can easily be damaged with a regular knife and a butter knife. Ensure that you take out your cake or bread before cutting it into slices.
Step 9: Store your silicone bakeware.
Another useful feature of silicone bakeware is that it does not take up a lot of space and can easily be stored in a safe place. Nonetheless, it would help if you kept it in a sanitized area to prevent bacteria from thriving in it.
I hope now you know how to use silicone bakeware. Happy Baking!
Silicone bakeware is flexible, heat-resistant, non-stick, and non-toxic. It is easy to wash and store. It can be used like your other bakeware in the oven and microwave. Just remember to not serve in it and ensure sanitation.