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How do you use silicone bakeware?

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Silicone bakeware fulfills the same functions as metal, glass and enamel bakeware. Although the silicone models feel soft and flimsy, they are surprisingly durable and produce uniformly excellent results. They are also inexpensive and easy to clean.

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Silicone bakeware comes with important manufacturer's instructions. Following those instructions ensures that the bakeware will last for a long time and produce delicious baked goods. It is particularly important to obey the stated heat rating for each piece of bakeware because temperatures that exceed it damage the silicone.

Silicone bakeware does not stick and does not require greasing or the application of nonstick spray. New pieces of bakeware require washing with warm, soapy water before their first use. Each piece should be placed on a cookie sheet before it goes in the oven because the silicone is extremely thin and requires extra stabilization. When it emerges from the oven, silicone bakeware is extremely hot to the touch, but it cools down much more rapidly than other types of bakeware.

Silicone bakeware is not suitable for open flame cooking or stovetop use. According to Epicurious contributor Michael Park, It is also vulnerable to damage from knives and other sharp kitchen implements. The best utensils to use with silicone are made from wood, plastic, rubber or thicker silicone.

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