Silicone Baking Mats - A Safe and Effective Non-Stick Cooking Solution?

    Morton Farah
    By Morton Farah

    Turn on the television on any day of the week and you will soon encounter amateur and professional chefs around the world grinding, stirring and seasoning on evaluations winners like America's Test Kitchen, The Great British Bake Away and MasterChef: Australia.
    Interest in cookery has soared and so, as a result, have sales of kitchenware. Silicone products, in particular, have seen a huge rise. Watch any chef on TV and it will not be long before you spot him or her creating an excellent dish with the help of silicone baking pans, sheets and mats, spatulas and molds.
    With popular TV shows boosting silicone kitchenware, it is no surprise that home cooks are now buying these goods in ever-increasing numbers.
    Silicone itself is a man-made, synthetic substance created by bonding silicon with oxygen. However, what is it about this item that's fast which makes it a must-have in the kitchen?
    1. Silicone is a non-toxic substance, meaning that meals will not get baked on. Silicone baking mats may be used on top of baking sheets and cookie sheets, or within baking pans, which makes your non-silicone bake-ware completely non.
    2. Silicone can handle heat and cold. Whether or not you want to store food in the freezer or cook in the oven, silicone is perfect for the job.
    3. Silicone conducts heat very slowly, so utensils stay cool even in a hot saucepan and kitchen tops and surfaces will not suffer burn marks. When Silicone baking sheet are created to include fibreglass mesh they provide a much heat transport, the fibreglass mesh and silicone operate together to enhance even baking and browning.
    4. Silicone doesn't degrade over time and won't rust or stain. If made from high quality silicone your bake-ware can be used thousands of times.
    5. Silicone is quite flexible so that it can be folded or squeezed into tight storage spaces. Additionally, this makes the elimination of cakes and desserts out of silicone bake-ware really simple.
    6. Silicone is a soft cloth and its utensils will not scratch or hurt non-stick pans.
    7. A silicone baking mat may be used more than 2000 times so there is no need to purchase parchment paper and other disposable linings/sheets. The environment will thank you!
    Now that we have established the several reasons why silicone is indeed popular let's look at the safety problem - saline is man made after all and for food preparation purposes it's going to be used for making something that you will place in your mouth!