6 Tips for Using Silicone Baking Pans
Silicone baking pans offer a number of benefits when it comes to enhancing your baking experience. Not only do they lead to high-quality results, but they also minimize waste by eliminating the need for aluminum foil and parchment paper....
Silicone baking pans offer a number of benefits when it comes to enhancing your baking experience. Not only do they lead to high-quality results, but they also minimize waste by eliminating the need for aluminum foil and parchment paper. And did we happen to mention how easy they are to clean? While all of these add up to plenty of reasons to make the switch to silicone baking pans, these six tips and techniques can help you get even more out of these handy kitchen essentials.
1. Embrace the Nonstick
While it can be hard to break the habit of lining your pans with foil or parchment paper, skip this step to embrace the full potential of your nonstick pans. Greasing is not necessary to get the stick-free results you're looking for. However, if a recipe calls for a butter or oil coating, keep in mind that eliminating these ingredients may impact the taste of your recipe.
2. Keep Watch
If you're not used to baking with silicone baking pans, you may experience a very minor learning curve when you make the switch. For beat results, observe the baking process the first few times you use a new piece of silicone bakeware. Why? Because some items may take more or less time to cook than in a conventional pan.
One advantage most bakers agree on regardless of the amount of cooking time required? Food is much more likely to cook evenly in a silicone baking pan.
3. Flexible Fun
The flexible nature of silicone means that muffins and other baked goods can be simply popped right out of the pan. While this represents the ultimate in convenience, they can be a bit floppy to handle if you're not used to working with silicone.
The solution is simple: when moving silicone baking pans in and out of the oven, use two hands. Larger pans, meanwhile, can be positioned on a cookie sheet on the oven rack to prevent slouching and sagging during baking.
4. Wait a Few Minutes
Silicone does heat up when put in the oven, so make sure to don oven mitts when handling pans fresh out of the oven. Also, waiting a few minutes to for the pan to cool before turning upside down to release your baked goods makes the process even easier.
Cooked food should easily slide out on their own or with a gentle shake. (Refrain from using sharp utensils to dislodge items as this may damage the bakeware.)
5. They're Dishwasher Safe
While cleaning baking pans requires just a quick hand washing, they can also go right into the dishwasher when time is particularly tight. No only that, but most silicone bakeware is also safe for the fridge, freezer and microwave, although you'll want to check first with the manufacturer's recommendations first. (The same applies to determining the maximum temperature for silicone pans and oven use.) One area to avoid using silicone pans completely? The stovetop.
6. Store More
Because silicone bakeware is so flexible, it's also a smart solution when cabinet space is at a premium. Silicone is also durable enough to be maneuvered into even the tightest spaces without getting damaged. Need to fold your silicone baking pan in half to make it fit in your cabinet? Go right ahead!
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