How to Use Silicone Bakeware
I am currently loving using silicone bakeware to replace a lot of single-use and plastic items in my kitchen. You can use it again and again, and it’s so durable it’ll last for years. I love how nice silicone is to work with, and how easy it is to look after! Can you tell I’m becoming a little obsessed?
While silicone bakeware is so fantastic for ease of use, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to really make the most of your beautiful accessories. I’ve collated this list so that your silicone bakeware will get lots of use and last you for many years to come!
Greasing your bakeware
Silicone bakeware is naturally non-stick, which means there’s generally not much need for greasing. That being said, some recipes create food that’s very delicate, so sometimes your creations will benefit from having that little bit extra slip. For example, if you’re making a beautiful soufflé in your silicone dariole moulds, a small amount of butter or olive oil spread in the moulds may make all the difference between a beautiful fluffy soufflé or a deflated one.
Baking and freezing
Silicone can withstand a huge temperature range, which makes it so versatile! On the hot side, your bakeware is oven safe up to 250°C, so you can use it for a wide range of baking needs. I love to make baguettes with the help of silicone baking mats - because of their flexibility, you can gather the mat between your baguette loaves when they prove to stop them sticking together. Then, once they’ve proved to perfection, simply pull the mat flat and bake! It couldn’t be easier.
On the other end of the spectrum, silicone bakeware is freezer safe to -18°C. This makes it ideal for amazing semifreddo, or how about using silicone ice lolly moulds to make to-die-for ice creams for your kids? To serve, simply invert the moulds to release your creation.
How to clean your bakeware
I adore how easy silicone bakeware is to clean. Because it’s naturally non-stick, you’ll find that it never gets very messy. Generally a quick rinse with hot water and wipe is enough to get your bakeware looking good as new (or, for silicone straws, a quick scrub with the straw brush). If your bakeware is needing a more significant clean, like if you’ve used your silicone baking mat to cook meat, you’ll be glad to hear it’s totally dishwasher safe!
Sometimes you might get a stubborn stain from something like turmeric or beetroot, but never fear - I have a trick for getting rid of that discolouration. If you find your bakeware ends up with a stain, wash any residue off with soap and in the morning simply pop it outside in a spot where the sun hits it. Leave it there all day, then come back and the sun will have gotten rid of the discolouration and your bakeware will be back to its former glory. It’s like magic!
Really, silicone bakeware is incredibly easy to look after. You can put it in the oven or the freezer, it’s dishwasher safe, you can fold it or roll it to store it away… there’s really not much you can’t do with it. However, there is one thing to keep in mind when using your silicone bakeware, particularly a silicone baking mat, and that’s to not use sharp objects like knives to cut or slice anything. Silicone is durable but a cut from a blade will leave it with a nick, which can then tear. Instead, cut dough with spatulas or dough scrapers, and release food from your dariole moulds with a blunt butter knife, or simply by giving the sides a gentle squeeze.
Disposing of your bakeware at the end of its life
If you follow these tips, your silicone bakeware will last you for many years. However, when it does come time to dispose of your bakeware, before you throw it in the bin, do a quick bit of research - more and more places are offering a silicone recycling service, and there may be somewhere near you offering that system.
If you’re disposing of your silicone mat because it was cut or somehow damaged, consider using the smaller pieces of the mat as pot holders or jar grips - that way, it’ll continue to serve you for even longer!
Have you fallen in love with silicone bakeware yet? I just love how versatile it is. I use mine every day! If you’ve been using silicone for a while, do let me know your tips, tricks and hacks - I’d love to hear from you!