Silicone Kitchen Tools 101

New to silicone cooking tools? You can now find whisks, spatulas, muffin pans, cake molds, and even tupperware made out of this material. They have many advantages:

  • They are lightweight and easy to store.
  • They are oven, dishwasher, and freezer safe. 
  • They have high heat resistance. 
  • Their surface is less likely to have bacterial growth. 
  • They don’t scratch cooking surfaces. 
  • They are reusable and last a long time.

When you are using silicone tools to bake, keep the oven temperature and batter the same. Always place a muffin or cake pan on top of a baking sheet for stability. Make sure that baking sheet is clean, or the silicone can absorb stains. For batter that has a higher fat content, oily residue is more likely. But if the tools darken or stain, they are still safe to use. 

To take care of silicone tools, definitely avoid abrasive pads and opt for a cloth or a soft sponge. Use these methods: 

  • Wash with very hot water and a grease-cutting soap like Dawn. Grease-cutting soaps will work better than regular detergent. 
  • For stubborn stains, wipe the tool clean and place it in an oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then submerge in vinegar and/or bleach, and wash again with grease-cutting soap. 

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