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All You Need To Know About Silicone Cooking Utensils


Silicone cooking utensils have numerous characteristics, including visual appeal and longevity that make them very popular in the kitchens these days. Utensils made with silicone offer lot more advantages and couple of disadvantages when compared to their metal peers.

Background – Silicone comes in many forms, including gel, liquid, rubber, or plastic. In the 90’s, silicone was perceived mostly as a core component in sealants and adhesives. More recently, silicone can be found in kitchen items such as pastry brushes to cookware sets to baking pans.

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Characteristics – Characteristics of silicone that are useful in the kitchen include the ability to withstand high heat, flexibility, and a non-stick surface. Most silicone kitchen products can withstand up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit before melting occurs. However, not all products are designed to withstand the same type of heat.

Cleaning & Maintenance – Silicone cooking utensils can be cleaned in the same way as some other cooking utensils (either by hand or in the dishwasher). Storage and maintenance of silicone based items is quite simple, as the silicone’s versatile nature permits it to fit into tight spaces and still snap once again into shape whenever it is used.

Advantages:

(1) Silicone cooking utensils, such as spatulas, tongs or spoons are less likely to corrode than their metal counterparts.

(2) Silicone utensils come in various colors, and their prices are favorable.

(3) Silicone bake ware (due to its non-stick nature) requires less oil and butter before baking, thereby decreasing the fat content in the prepared food.

Disadvantages:

(1) Lower quality silicone kitchen utensils may be made from less than 100{cd01305ab2721fd43c16ff036ef4f7cf719d3bcd28c83c0a9abd1469c0f603e2} silicone.

(2) The fillers that used to make up the difference may spoil durability and performance and may preserve unfavorable odors.

(3) Silicone is very soft and is easily damaged by sharp knives.

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