Do You Need to Grease & Flour Silicone Bakeware?

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Do You Need to Grease & Flour Silicone Bakeware?
Silicone utensils and bakeware are made from synthetic rubber. (louche silicone image by Unclesam from Fotolia.com)

Silicone bakeware contains synthetic rubber that is flexible and versatile. It may be safely used for freezing, refrigerating and baking, and it is dishwasher safe. Additionally, silicone bakeware is lightweight and easy to clean.

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Non-stick Qualities of Silicone

Silicone bakeware markets as a non-stick bakeware that does not require grease and flour for easy removal of food. However, testing for Consumer Reports reveals that non-stick spray is necessary for effortless food removal, according to the University of Missouri Extension.

Silicone Bakeware Quality

The best quality silicone bakeware is entirely silicone and achieves better baking results than poor quality silicone bakeware, which contains fillers. Twisting a portion of silicone bakeware reveals fillers as stripes or specks of white, according to the University of Missouri Extension.

Baking With Silicone

Silicone bakeware is versatile; however, it should not be heated at temperatures higher than the manufacturer's recommendations. Although silicone cools quickly, oven gloves are still required when removing bakeware from the oven or microwave. During baking, a metal baking tray or flat support must always be used underneath silicone bakeware, to support its shape.

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