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What are the benefits of silicone bakeware?

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Silicone bakeware is non-stick, bakes evenly and allows easy removal of the baked items. The rubber-like pans don't rust or scratch like metal baking pans.

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Silicone pans come in traditional bakeware shapes but are flexible instead of rigid like metal pans. Silicone weighs much less than metal, making them easy to store, lift and transport. The flexibility allows the baker to twist and push on the bottom to remove the baked goods from the pan. The material doesn't need grease because it is a non-stick surface.

Silicone cleans up easily because of the smooth, flexible surface. Any leftover food remnants wipe out of the pan with a cloth and warm, soapy water.

Silicone pans hold up to the heat of an oven without warping. The user's manual provides the heat limit for a specific brand of silicone bakeware. They are also safe for the microwave, freezer, refrigerator and dishwasher, allowing versatility in their use. Cooks can use the silicone bakeware as molds for gelatin, ice and other food items. Silicone should not go under the broiler or on a burner.

Silicone distributes the heat evenly while baking. This means the food bakes evenly from the edges to the middle to reduce burning or gooey centers.

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