Food-grade silicone is a type of silicone that is safe for use with foods. The silicone is used frequently in making molds to use for food that begins as liquids and solidifies. It is non-toxic; does not stain food, dishes, or cookware; is easily removed from cast objects, and is safe for use on various plastic objects.
BPA, or bisphenol A, is a plastic additive that keeps petroleum-based materials flexible over time. Because silicone is not a petroleum product, bisphenol A is not a concern.
Silicone will flex when hot, but won’t melt until exposed to 500 degrees Fahrenheit / 260 degrees Celsius. As most baking instructions stay under 400 degrees Fahrenheit / 204 degrees Celsius, melting should not be an issue.
While silicone is primarily used in the oven to create dinners and desserts, it can also be used in the microwave for fast cooking. Silicone is refrigerator-safe and freezer-safe and is very durable. A set of silicone bakeware will generally last longer than a similar set of metal or glass bakeware.
There are a number of characteristics that make silicone special but the most important is the ability to stand up to high temperatures without getting hot to the touch. With traditional bakeware and cooking tools, the user must wait until the pan cools down before it can be safely handled. Some types of bakeware may also bend and warp because of the heat, and over time, the metal coating can begin to flake off. Silicone, on the other hand, stands up to temperatures of 400 to 500 degrees F and won’t warp under the intense heat. It’s important to note that all types of silicone are not the same and top temperature ratings may vary depending on the quality and manufacturer.
Unlike traditional bakeware, items cooked in silicone release easily from the sides. So no one ever has to worry about scraping burned-on pieces of food off the pan. All the cookware required for cleaning is a quick wash in the sink. Silicone bakeware is also dishwasher safe.
They come in 1 pair – silicone dish scrubber gloves.
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