Silicone merchandise within the kitchen intrigue me. I’ve a pleasant little assortment of silicone gadgets: pots and pans with silicone-coated handles, a silicone spatula, a silicone lid for capping bowls or lid-less pans, baking mat — like parchment paper for baking or lining pans, sizzling pads, and silicone cookware. And I like all of them. I like them sufficient I’ve lately added a silicone bottle — for touring with liquids — to my silicone rubber assortment.
Thus far many of the silicone I’ve skilled has been malleable and comfortable, the spatula being probably the most inflexible of my assortment. I am considering extra inflexible is likely to be good for bakeware as a “cheap” various to non-stick pans, and even chrome steel or glass pans. My silicone sizzling pads are a bit thick for grabbing issues out of the oven, however they work properly as a trivet; perhaps my WalMart supply wasn’t the perfect and I can discover thinner, extra supple ones elsewhere.
Do not mistake silicone for silicon, the component. The time period silicone is basically a by-product of its system. Variations of the system give us variations of merchandise that we’re accustomed to: glass aquarium joints, gaskets, grease for auto brakes, insulators (warmth and electrical), caulk, tubing, spark plug insulation, bandages, breast implants, molds, toys, and cookware/bakeware. The checklist goes on and on.
Generally I hear folks categorical concern about silicone. They determine they’re going to be taught concerning the well being or environmental issues related to utilizing silicone. However these very folks use non-stick (like Teflon) kitchenware, and that has stories of well being and environmental points. So, I made that query a part of my analysis.
I discovered numerous proof of silicone being protected to make use of. At the least the Dow/Corning manufacturing strategy is designed to be sustainable too, specializing in the setting, well being, and security/safety points. It is recyclable, although not biodegradable, and it would not offgas over its lifetime or whereas in use.
Silicone is fabricated from polymers of silicon, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and typically different chemical components (as in these discovered on the component chart). These are all pure components, not man-made chemical substances; a plus in my thoughts. It has low chemical reactivity, repels water, and is proof against ozone, oxygen, and UV gentle. Moreover, it would not assist microbiological development, and has low toxicity (does that sound like a hedged guess, or cautious advertising and marketing, to you?). I am snug with the fabric, given my analysis silicone stretch lids.
However, again to my cooking focus. Listed below are simply a number of the advantages I’ve present in utilizing silicone within the kitchen:
- dishwasher protected, in contrast to some steel and all wood gadgets
- insulates my hand from warmth conduction on pots and pans
- no extra melted spatulas due to excessive cooking heats, like with sweet
- extra proof against meals stains, like tomato or saffron sauces
- lengthy lived, in contrast to wooden and rubber utensils
- it retains its “new” look for much longer
- no extra shattering/breaking due to dropping it or including chilly water to a sizzling pan
- I haven’t got to grease my baking pans, saving prep time
- simple clear up
- it would not tackle odors or flavors of meals, in contrast to plastic bowls I’ve used previously
- non-stick, so no want for non-stick pans, which I removed years in the past anyway
I discussed the silicone bottle for my travels. I do prefer it as a result of it is light-weight, not plastic, and it is squeezable. Nevertheless, the lid does leak barely, so I maintain it in a tiny Ziploc bag whereas touring, which is not an enormous deal to me. I obtained mine at REI, and suspect they’re accessible at quite a lot of shops.