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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Silicone Pan

I bought one of those silicone pans a couple of weeks ago and really like it. It replaces a pan that was rusting out and would transfer that rust to anything that was baked in it making the brownie, biscuit, cake, etc. Taste really weird and look even stranger on the bottom.

I got an 8" x 8" brownie pan because I bake a lot of brownies (Eugene is quite partial to chocolate things and especially brownies) and I did not have an 8" x 8" brownie pan and the rusting pan I was replacing (an 8" x 13") was more often than not used for brownies. Plus I wanted to see if I even liked this kind of pan so I bought the cheapest (smallest) one they had at K-Mart for under $9.00.

On the good side the pan is the correct size and cannot rust. It is really a non stick pan and it is a nice blue color. And it turns out some killer brownies.

On the bad side it is very very floppy so it must be supported by a cookie sheet so when you remove the full pan from the oven you do not crack the baked item. I will put up with this not to have a nonstick coating that is Teflon™ based or a rusty pan.

I can see these silicone pans as being great for camping because they are light and can be rolled up and put in a pack.

I just hope they do not find that these are carcinogenic. So many modern wonders turn out to be deadly.


fatguyonalittlebike said...

I have a couple of those pans and they are fantastic. I use them for all kinds of things. I bought the cheaper ones too, not the SmartWare pans.

Other than the one problem you mentioned I haven't had any bad things to say about them, except they are sometimes hard to clean because they are so flexible.


Osman said...

I think I'd be a little freaked out cooking in Silicone. I looked around though and there doesn't seem to anything about its health effects, other than this post.

This site said it's safe too, although it warns Do not use silicone cookware for stove-top cooking in oven temperatures above 220°C (428°F) as it will melt if exposed to high temperatures . You should also be careful when removing hot foods from flexible silicone cookware, as the food may slide out very quickly.

Perhaps that puts your mind at ease?