Silicone bakeware, unlike the old-fashioned metal type, does not rust. Plus, it requires no greasing before use, making it healthier to use than other pans. Still, it will take some getting used to if you are accustomed to baking with metal pans. Here’s how to use silicone bakeware:
- Skip the oil. The food you are baking will not stick to high-tech silicone pans. Still, if the recipe requires greasing or flouring the pan, some silicone bakeware manufacturers suggest that you use oil or flour anyways, as it may alter the taste of the finished product.
- Add some support. The one drawback with silicone bakeware is that while it is flexible to facilitate removing baked items easily, it is also a little unstable when filled with batter. Place a cookie sheet underneath the silicone pan to add support, which will also make it easier to remove from the oven once you’re done baking. Place the support under the silicone pan prior to filling it with batter or placing it in the oven.
- Use silicone pans anywhere. Silicone bakeware can be frozen, baked, or even microwaved. Plus, it is dishwasher safe. Unlike other pans, there is no danger of cracking, melting, or other issues if you try to freeze or microwave a pan. However, do not use silicone bakeware on the stovetop.
- Watch it carefully. Bake at the usual temperature, but watch it carefully during the baking time. This is particularly important for the first few times you bake with silicone bakeware until you get a feel for how they work in your particular oven. Some items may cook faster, while others will take longer than with traditional pans. Many bakers have noticed that silicone bakeware results in more evenly baked items than regular pans.
- Remove the baked item. One of the benefits of silicone bakeware is that the baked item is much easier to remove from the pan. Just give the silicone pan a little shake, and the cake will slide right out of the pan. Do not try to use knives or sharp objects to remove the baked goods; these may damage the silicone bakeware.
- Store the silicone pans. Silicone bakeware requires no special treatment when storing. They are quite flexible, and will retain their shape even after being bent for storage.
Silicone bakeware is much easier to use than metal or glass pans. Your baked items are much less likely to stick, and they can be transferred to the freezer or microwave right in the baking dish.