A Safe Alternative To Plastic and Glass Dishes

silicone kitchen utensils

Many new kitchen utensil manufacturers use silicone when making their cookware to give it a non-stick or slip-resistant surface. Silicone cookware and utensil are gaining popularity because of their durability and non-stick characteristic. However, are silicone kitchen utensils safe to use?

Silicone is non-toxic and non-porous, which means it can be used in any dish that might need to be washed or used on any surface that might come into contact with food. By gaining popularity as a useful alternative to plastic, dishware made from silicone kitchenware is much safer to use and are also less likely to cause skin irritation than dishes made from glass or porcelain. Glass and porcelain dishes can be difficult to clean and are not always safe from all types of foods. As a result of this, people who might be allergic to certain foods can inadvertently create an allergy or an incident that makes them extremely uncomfortable. This makes it safe to use around children and those who have health-related problems, such as diabetes or epilepsy. It is also widely considered to be safe for individuals who are lactose intolerant as well as individuals who suffer from food allergies. As a man-made substance, silicone kitchen utensils are safe to use even when they come into contact with high temperatures or acids that could burn the material. Silicone can maintain its integrity and do so for years without the risk of chipping, peeling, or cracking.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of using them

Pros: Non-sticks, ease of cleaning, plastic friendly, cheaper price, long-lasting, reusable, easy to grip material.

The cons: Too flexible for oven cooking; too durable for use in food service equipment; heat resistant but not suitable for use on the stovetop; difficult to handle, plastic degrades with continued use, heat conduction may be uneven, heat conductivity varies with different thicknesses of plastic or metal utensil used. 

Here’s a breakdown of the different types of silicone kitchen utensils that you can consider for your kitchen:

Silicone bakeware 

Silicone bakeware is made of a polymer, usually PVC, that gives it the flexibility to be molded into different shapes and sizes to be used for baking. Because it’s flexible and heats up quickly, it’s great for making cakes and cookies quickly. This type of bakeware can be found in a variety of different colors and can come in clear, chocolate, orange, or jelly-like flavors. They’re dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Baking can be done on a banana, muffin pan, or other round pans. Baked goods will have a smooth and shiny surface and will hold the heat for a longer period compared to using aluminum or copper bakeware.

Silicone cookware

Plastic and Glass

Silicone cookware is made of a clear plastic that heats up quickly. The utensil heats up, then contracts back to its original form. The only drawback to using these types of silicone kitchen tools is they are difficult to clean. Since the plastic heats up, this type of cooking utensil may turn off lights and appliances in the kitchen, creating mess and a need to re-heat the area. Using silicone products that heat up with any kind of cooking utensil can also pose a fire hazard.

Silicone molds

Plastic and Glass

Another type of silicone kitchenware is silicone molds. Many different types of silicone molds can be used for baking, cake decorating, and all sorts of other recipes. Since they can be molded into various shapes, these are great for decorating with and can also be shaped to create various containers. Silicone molds are also used for making many edible items like cookies, cakes, puddings, custards, jams, and more. It is even believed that they can help with weight loss because they can help reduce fats and calories in food by holding the shape of the food or drink.

Non-toxic and dishwasher safe, non-porous, the material makes silicone kitchen utensils flexible for any use. They can be cleaned easily, are dishwasher safe, and can be made to look just like any other piece of dishware. Silicone makes any product flexible, which makes it much easier to create various decorative dishes or containers that can be used in the home. Also, due to the lightweight qualities of these products, there is no need to use heavy oils or liquids when handing 

Silicone kitchen utensils are a great alternative to plastic and glass dishes. They’re dishwasher safe, microwave safe, lightweight, durable, non-toxic, and easy to clean. The only drawback is that they can be difficult to use with liquids or oils because of their flexibility – but this doesn’t stop us from recommending them as the best option for your kitchen!

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