Silicone kitchen items and bakingware are versatile and user-friendly. They’re heat resistant, non-toxic, flexible, durable, dishwasher safe and don’t scratch your pans. Some of my most hard-working kitchen utensils are silicone and when it comes to these 7 items, switching to silicone has been a gamechanger.
1. Silicone Spatulas
Spatulas are a kitchen essential and everyone needs at least one silicone spatula. They’re a dream for both mixing batter and scraping it out of the bowl ensuring not a speck gets left behind. In that vein, they’re ideal for scraping any mixture out of a bowl or cup when you want nothing left behind. They’re also heat resistant and won’t scratch pans which means you can happily mix eggs or veggies in your non-stick pan without worrying. And if you make caramel, especially the hard type – a silicone spatula will not only ensure you’re able to scrape it out of a hot pan, but the caramel also peels effortlessly off the spatula once hardened.
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2. Silicone baking mat
Also known as a Silpat Mat, I love using my silicone baking mat in both oven and freezer applications. It’s what I use when making plantain chips, thin veggie crisps, macarons, or cookies – no need for spray or extra oil. It’s also what I use when laying out sliced fruit to freeze for smoothies and for making chocolate bark or caramel – everything peels effortlessly off it. The only caveat is some cookies (like chewy chocolate chip ones) bake better directly on metal baking trays as the heat is transmitted more effectively.
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3. Silicone Bundt Pan
Getting a cake out of a Bundt pan without leaving some of it behind is a next to impossible task. Which is precisely why I prefer making Bundt cakes in a silicone Bundt pan. Silicon pans don’t need to be sprayed, buttered or floured prior to a bake; Add the batter straight to the pan, bake it, and once cooled, the pan can be easily peeled off to reveal a perfectly intact cake. However, while the flexibility of Silicon makes it easier to remove baked goods, it can feel a bit flimsy. My tip is to place your silicone bundt pan on a baking tray, fill it with batter and pop it into the oven. The baking tray provides a sturdy surface for the cake to bake on and makes it easier to transfer it to and from the oven.
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4. Silicone Muffin Liner
While I prefer a metal muffin tray for most muffins and cupcakes, silicone muffin liners are great for making breakfast muffins – you don’t want to make them in paper and with a silicone liner they pop right out. A mini silicone muffin liner is also great for making nut butter cups. Like baking with a silicone Bundt pan, I’ll often pop the muffin pan on a sturdy baking tray for extra support.
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5. Silicone storage bags
Easy to clean, store and they go from hot to cold! I use them to store frozen fruit and sauces in the freezer, dried goods in the pantry and prepped veggies or fruit in the fridge. They’re also great for traveling. The stasher ones can be used in the oven to warm up food or to sous vide protein and the Lekue ones are microwave safe without the sealing strip.
6. Silicone Popsicle molds
Plastic molds work great if you’re using juices or smoothies – ie. Freezing something that ends up icy. But the minute you want to make a creamier popsicle – be it with ice-cream or yogurt it becomes impossible to pop out in one clean piece. These silicone popsicle molds are a favorite – they’re brilliant to use and allow you to really get creative in making your own homemade popsicles, ice creams and frozen yogurt bars.
Silicone popsicle molds available here
7. Silicone pastry brush
I use these for brushing breads and pastry with an egg wash, brushing marinade on proteins and hot syrup onto straight out the oven babkas. You can also use them to brush oil into a frying pan or onto a grill. The bristles don’t shed and as it’s heat resistant, you’re able to use it on hot liquids or in the case of proteins straight out the oven without worrying about the bristles burning.
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Cleaning Silicone Kitchen Utensils
The biggest draw back with silicone is cleaning them. Although they’re perfectly heat resistant, spatulas and any baking items like Bundt pans or muffin liners do stain or eventually get a browned burned look. Getting oily residue out of them can also be hard – you need very hot water and a good dishwash soap, and for some items like the silpat mats, you may have to wash them twice. Some items also hold onto odor. I find this most with spatulas and would suggest if you do a lot of baking and cooking to have two – one used only for sweet items and the other just for savory.
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.