Silicone utensils and bakeware have been gaining popularity recently due to their versatility and fun colors.
Silicone utensils such as spatulas work well with nonstick cookware, and silicone bakeware are favored for their high nonstick quality.
When I first discovered silicone cookware, I thought it was too good to be true.
I was baking a lot at the time and it pained me to use all those disposable cupcake cases and reams and reams of baking parchment.
Silicone muffin pans and cake pans seemed like a dream, but even now I'm still not convinced of their safety.
Before we get into my pros and cons for using silicone cookware, first what is the stuff, anyway?
Silicon is derived from silica, and silicon doesn't exist by itself.
"To achieve this, silica, a mineral quartz that is abundant in sand, is heated by up to 1800˚C.
The resulting silicon is cooled and ground until it becomes a fine powder.”
There's very little to suggest that silicone cookware is unsafe.
What's more, there are huge variations in the quality of silicone cookware, with cheap, low quality alternatives full of fillers and binders most frequently cited in concerns over odors and poor performance.
There are two ways to judge the quality:
1. Odor: Ordinary silicone has a strong odour.
Though some food-grade silica gels also have a little odour, they are automatically eliminated after a period of time and are safe for use.
2. Touch: Food grade silica gel has good toughness and elasticity.
It is not easy to permanently change shape by pulling.
Ordinary silicone products are easily deformed and rough to the touch.
Benefits of silicone utensils:
* Low cost
* Silicone kitchenware can withstand high temperatures of up to 428˚F or 220˚C. It is great for steaming and steam baking.
* They are flexible. Even with sudden temperature changes, they barely expand or contract. This is why silicone bakeware can go from the freezer to the oven without cracking.
* Silicone cooking utensils are stain-resistant. They don't retain odours or colours.
* Are safe for kids.
* Silicone cooking utensils are non-corrosive and long lasting.
Silicone is non-biodegradable but is more environmentally friendly than plastic.
Plastic is less durable than silicone so they get replaced more often, causing more waste.
People now and should pay special attention to the types of utensils they use to cook food.
After all, a healthy diet depends on many factors, and cookware is one of the most important considerations.
INFULL Cutlery is a company specializing in the production of high-quality healthy silicone kitchenware.
The silicone we use is all food-grade, so there will be no problems with the inferior materials mentioned above.
Use high-quality silicone kitchenware to make your food more healthy, safe and delicious！