Turn on the television on any day of the week and you’ll quickly encounter amateur and professional chefs around the world grinding, stirring and seasoning on evaluations winners such as America’s Test Kitchen, The fantastic British Bake Away and MasterChef: Australia.
Interest in cookery has soared and so, consequently, have earnings of kitchenware. Silicone products, in particular, have seen a massive rise. Watch any chef on TV and it won’t be long before you see him or her producing a wonderful dish with the assistance of silicone baking pans, mats and sheets, spatulas and molds.
With popular TV shows boosting silicone kitchenware, it’s not surprising that home cooks are currently buying these products in ever-increasing amounts. The world-famous John Lewis department store in London, for example, declared in the end of 2012 that its sales of saline bake-ware increased by 126 percent year on year.
Silicone itself is a man-made, synthetic substance created by bonding silicon with oxygen. However, what is it all about this product that’s quickly which makes it a must-have in the kitchen?
1. Baking silicone mat is a non-stick material, meaning that food won’t find baked on. Silicone baking mats may be used together with baking sheets and cookie sheets, or inside baking pans, which makes your non-silicone bake-ware completely non-stick.
2. Silicone can manage heat and cold. A silicone baking mat is also perfect as a counter-top sheet for kneading bread or rolling dough.
3. Silicone conducts heat very slowly, so utensils remain cool in a hot saucepan and kitchen tops and surfaces will not suffer burn marks. When silicone mats are made to add fibreglass mesh they provide an even heat transport, the fibreglass mesh and silicone operate together to boost even baking and browning.
4. Silicone doesn’t degrade over time and won’t corrode or stain. If made from high excellent silicone your bake-ware may be used thousands of times.
5. Silicone is quite flexible so it can be squeezed or folded into tight storage spaces. This also makes the removal of cakes and muffins from silicone bake-ware really simple.
6. Silicone is a soft material and its utensils will not scratch or hurt non-stick pans.
7. A silicone skillet may be used over 2000 times so there is no need to buy parchment paper and other disposable linings/sheets. The environment will thank you!
Now that we’ve established the several reasons why silicone is indeed popular let’s look at the safety issue - silicone is manmade after all and for food preparation purposes it’s going to be used for making something that you will place in your mouth!