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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Is Silicone Bakeware Safe?


by Danielle Masterson

A Reader Writes The Green Guide:
Regarding heating plastics and possible leaching of chemicals: Are silicone baking forms safe?Michelle Robinson

The Green Guide Responds:

Silicone bakeware is bright and flashy. With an amusing rubbery texture it can be a fun addition to any baking tradition. However, it is understandable you are concerned about "non-stick" bakeware in light of recent studies on carcinogenic chemicals in Teflon (see "Airborne Toxins"). With very little written on the subject, it can also be hard to determine the safety of the product.

Silicone bakeware is relatively new on the U.S. market. However, it has been used for years in Europe and by professional bakers. Silicone bakeware is made of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved food-grade silicone. According to the FDA, silicone pans and molds are appropriate for all foods. Although the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has not tested silicone bakeware, their toxicologist suggests that it is safe for use.

Praised for its flexibility and non-stick surface, the versatile molds and pans can be used in the oven, freezer and microwave. The temperature range to which silicone bakeware can be subjected varies among manufacturer accounts. Silicone melts at 930º F depending on the presence of fillers. Most companies claim silicone bakeware can sustain temperatures up to 500º F. The most conservative estimates suggest the full temperature range of silicone bakeware to be -50º F to 428º F.

There are a few pitfalls of using silicone bakeware. The molds and pans are extremely flexible when heated; therefore, a metal baking sheet should be used to support the bakeware. Additionally, although part of the appeal of silicone bakeware is its "non-stick" surface many companies suggest that the molds and pans should be coated with oil, butter or flour as per the recipe. Users of silicone baking mats that include fiberglass have also complained of the silicone peeling off.

Don't fret if silicone bakeware isn't for you. There are a number of "non-stick" alternatives on the market to fit your needs. The EWG suggests ceramic, titanium and porcelain-enameled cast iron, which are dishwasher safe and durable. Stoneware made from lead-free clay is also an option.

Silicon Bakeware Information Posted By : Blueshoots.com


Orignal Source :http://www.thegreenguide.com/

3 Comments:

Blogger TxCharlie said...

I got three red silicone muffin pans from a Chinese seller on eBay. I figured, "why not, everything is made in China anyway".

Big mistake - I tested them at 350F and they started producing a large amount of foul-smelling white smoke, which set off the smoke alarm.

I suspect that the pans have rubber or plastic fillers - DO NOT BUY FROM eBay, especially from a Chinese sellers.

I have bought a lot of stuff from Chinese sellers, and up till now, it's all been good except some USB thumb drives which were actually 2GB sold as 16GB, and modified to make Windows XP think they were 16GB. The seller in that case gave me a refund.

I still gave him a negative rating because he should have tested them, and he kept selling them as 16GB. I will do the same for this bakeware seller if he continues to offer them on his eBay store.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Jerry Wu said...

We sell silicone products of bakeware,tableware,cake molds,baby bibs,cups...
For more,please visit our website: www.hssilicone.com
or Call me directly for further business.
Wating for your reply!

Best Regards

Jerry Wu (Export Manager)

Horizon Source Inc.
Tel: +86 755 3313 6588
Mob:+86 150 1378 7937
Fax: +86 755 3669 2725
USA : +1 (503) 928 7922
Email:jerry@hssilicone.com
Web:www.hssilicone.com

7:18 AM  
Blogger Jerry Wu said...

Dear Sir/Madam,
Good day! We sell silicone products of bakeware,tableware,cake molds,baby bibs,cups...
For more,please visit our website: https:www.hssilicone.com
or Call me directly for further business.
Wating for your reply!

Best Regards

Jerry Wu (Export Manager)

Horizon Source Inc.
Tel: +86 755 3313 6588
Mob:+86 150 1378 7937
Fax: +86 755 3669 2725
USA : +1 (503) 928 7922
Email:jerry@hssilicone.com
Web:www.hssilicone.com

7:19 AM  

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