Silicone bakeware is easy to clean and store making it a must for many cooks. This is a guide about using silicone bakeware.
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I have found that using silicone mats for baking is the best. However, these sheets aren't the easiest things to store when you are done with them. So my solution to this dilemma was to use an empty paper towel roll and roll the silicone sheet up and stuff it inside. I find that way I can simply slip it into a drawer or cupboard.
Silicone pans can be difficult to handle when full of batter or dough. So when using silicone bake ware I put the silicone pan on an upside down cooling rack before filling it with batter or dough. The cooling rack allows the heat to circulate properly and makes the silicone pan easier to handle. I turn the cooling rack upside down to prevent the "feet" of the rack from getting caught on the oven rack when sliding it in and out of the oven.
By Nicoletta from San Diego, CA
Anyone who uses silicone baking mats or silpats to bake sticky cookies or to make candy knows that, once you wash them in hot, soapy water and rinse them, you might be stuck as to where to dry them thoroughly before storing. My solution is to simply put the damp mats right back into the oven on oven racks. Most likely, the oven will be warm from baking anyway, and the mats dry nice and flat in no time.
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Here are questions related to Using Silicone Bakeware.
I bought a silicone baking pan and was wondering if I need to grease it? Do I have to put a cookie sheet under it when I bake with it? It seems so flimsy.
By Sharon from Long Island, NY
By susan winship11/24/2010
Don't grease them. Do put on a cookie sheet for stability.
I just bought a blue, flexible, fluted bowl with a funnel in the middle, as used for angel food cake. I bought it at a thrift store and thought it was a Jello mold, but someone told me it is for baking cakes. Can anyone advise me how to use this? I am afraid of it melting in the oven. I believe it is made of silicone. I look forward to your replies. Thank you.
By Sandy Kinney12/14/2011
I have one of these blue silicone bundt cake pans, too. I really like it. Do NOT use no stick spray. The cake comes out very nicely after it is baked. Be sure to put it on a cookie sheet or pizza pan when you put it in the oven. It is too flexible to just be on the oven rack.
Would you grease a silicone bread pan? I am making zucchini bread.
By Jan H from north TX
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I would like to know if anyone has had any experience with the silicone bakeware. I had a loaf pan given to me, but with no instructions. Do you have to grease it at all? Does the food you bake come out easily or break into pieces? I'd kinda like to get a muffin tin if they would come out OK. I would appreciate any info.
Barb from Liberal, MO
Personally, I don't like it. I bought it on sale so I don't feel too bad, but I would not buy anymore pieces.
When I bake banana bread or muffins, after removing the loaf I leave it turned upside down, letting the heat rise up through the loaf, to continue heating. When it cools, I can slice. (01/10/2009)
The flexible silicone bakeware performs wonderfully with most of the limitations mentioned above. The new silicone surface stainless steel bakeware is much different in that it has the features of traditional bakeware with the non-stick features of Teflon, but with none of the drawbacks. This is the stuff that I would suggest.
I am trying to make cupcakes in a silicone pan and every time I go to remove the cupcakes, they are still sticking and tearing apart. I have it with and without cooking spray to no avail. I am letting them cool, but inside they are still a little warm. How long should I let them cool? What am I doing wrong?