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Just short of Silpat, is there any Silicone you like using

Just short of a couple of Silicone potholders which I'm not a big fan of , but they have a small footprint and I use them more as trivets - the only Silicone thing I like in the kitchen is the Slipats.

We have a couple of the Silicone baking items - muffin pans, etc and they are such a bear to wash. GF got them thinking they would be non stick, etc but the cleanup on them is such a chore. After using them when baking, she needs to soak, then use baking soda, and scrub, etc. etc.

Good ole fashion commercial alum pans, and a quick soak with the rough side of the sponge, and all is clean..

Curious what Silicone items you like in the kitchen.

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  1. I like my silicone spatulas and I like my silicone cake pans. I wish the pans were a bit smaller, because two barely fit on a cookie sheet, but I do like being able to easily pop out my cakes when I'm making a layer cake.

    1. I like using silicone spatulas and Silpat. I also dislike the silicone cake pans and muffin tins. For some reason, the light colored ones discolored. I also don't like the wobblyness of them. If I have to put the pan on a baking sheet, I might as well use a regular pan lined with parchment.

      One good use for the silicone pans is to use them as molds. I used the cupcake mold to make sorbet 'cupcakes.' I also have a large bowl shaped silicone pan that I use to make an ice cream bombe. It sometimes takes the place of a birthday cake. My heart shaped pan (bought from Target for $) is used for jello or ice cream.

      1. I lovelovelove my silicone pastry brush! Silicone may be difficult to clean, but it's still easier than a bristle or feather brush, and it goes in the dish washer. It's very soft and doesn't snag, and it's heat resistant so I can use it to oil hot pans. It's the only silicone tool in my kitchen I really would hate to give up.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          +1. I bought one too but didn't use it for the longest time. Finally I tried it on my tiramisu, to soak the ladyfingers with coffee. It works like a charm and cleans up easily.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I have a silicone basting brush and I will never go back. Bristles just get so nasty, while clean up with this one is a snap. :)

            1. re: Kontxesi

              Yes and how about when the bristles on the old style brushes break off? Horror show!

              1. re: pdxgastro

                or a guest picks a hog bristle out of their dinner that you just didn't see....gah.

          2. Not all Silicone baking molds/pans are the same: I have about 4 or 5 different brands, and some clean very easily, and others I've had to throw away out of frustration. I agree with you and the other posters, though - mats and brushes are the best!

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            1. re: Claudette

              I forgot about the brushes and spatulas in which we do love as well.

              thanks for the input guys

            2. In addition to regular spatulas, I have a silicone fish spatula, which is also a dream to use for omelets. I have a few different silicone brushes; the heavier ones I use for basting and the lighter weight ones for pastry. And I have a silicone sleeve that slips onto the handle of my cast iron skillets. I just love it. So much easier than trying to use a pot holder. No silicone baking pans; never felt the need.