The first usable silicone baking product for the kitchen was the Gripmitt. It was a silicone based oven mitt from the 1940’s. People said that it was certainly ahead of its time. Silicone baking mats weren’t far behind this great invention. The success of the Gripmitt let people know that they could make so many things for the kitchen that were made of silicone.
The kitchen was the perfect place to experiment with silicone. It is inert and doesn’t leech onto its host nor does it affect the taste. It is heat-resistant, has low thermal conductivity, low chemical reactivity, and low chemical reaction. It is perfect for food handling. Inventors went to working making other useful silicone based products which have also been met with great success.
• Silicone oven mitt-The Gripmitt-The Gripmitt has changed a bit since its release in the 1940’s. It is used outside of the kitchen now. You can see a marked difference between Gripmitt’s for industrial use and Gripmitt’s for residential use. As Gripmitt’s for industrial use will have to handle much higher temperature, you can understand the difference. Certain silicone baking mats have the same large grooves which you can see on retail models.
• Silicone whisk-Silicone whisks come in an array of different colors. People like using silicone whisks for different reasons that they like silicone baking mats. A silicone whisk won’t scratch the surface of the pot, especially if the pot is not made of Teflon. There is a trade-off for this difference. Users claim that using a silicone whisk is much more labor-intensive, meaning you really have to use your arm strength to whip with this type of whisk. Users also say that it is kind of top-heavy, but this would depend upon the type of silicone whisk that you purchase.
There are many different kinds on the market.
• Silicone cooling rack-A silicone cooling rack is a good accompaniment to a silicone baking mat. It is non-stick so you won’t have to worry about your cookies or other thing sticking to the cooling rack. It is scratch-resistant and you don’t have to worry about the rust that comes with using a stainless steel cooling rack.
• Silicone baking cups-The popularity of cupcakes lately has everyone trying their hands at making these cute little confectionaries. An easy way to try their many flavors is to plop in a silicone baking cup and bake away. If you don’t want your cupcakes to stick, you are best to oil and flour the pan. A silicone baking cup will have you skip the essential, but time-consuming chore.
• Silicone cake pans-Just like cupcakes, cakes need to have their pans greased and floured so that they can come out of the trays easily. You can pour your cake mix into the silicone cake pan and place the filled cake pan on a sturdy stainless steel cookie sheet. This will help prevent spills as this is the number one safety concern with the use of silicone. When you cake is done, you can place it on a silicone baking mat to cool.
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