I don't get it. I had cheapy metal ones that worked just as well TBH and I didn't have to bake one cake at a time because I didn't have a second cookie sheet on which to place them so I can move them in and out of the oven at the same time. They annoy me and I wish I could return them for regular ones
That is all.
You know, I don't really know anyone personally who is a fan of silicone bakeware. I remember thinking it would be great because it would be easy to store. I bought like one pan and it just didn't seem to work as well. I havn't used it since but I would love to know if anyone else has had any luck with it. It has been almost ten years since I used a silicone pan.
I didn't have much luck with them either. When they first came out years ago, my DH bought me a bunch. Had no luck with any of them. I even showed DH the difficulty I was experiencing, because I didn't want to hurt his feelings. He understood and all were returned.
They still make them, so someone must be happy with them.
They still make them, so someone must be happy with them.
The only silicone pan that i have ever liked was one from Pampered chef. It was round with a bunch of little flower shaped cavities in it. The only reason that I could use it was because they were smart and put a metal ring inside the silicone at the top, so you didn't have to use a cookie sheet under it...although i did find that using Pam for baking did not work, but regular Pam did.
I think they keep making them because people are seduced by the nice colours and cool designs. But soon everyone in the land must own a silicone pan they hate and the market will be dead! Hahahahah, market economy - don't you love it!
I bought a very cool looking Lego silicone pan, it baked so badly it was tragic. Every one of the little knobbly bits on top of the Lego came off each cake, so all I was left with was a lame little rectangle - totally pointless. It is only good for making Jello in it.
Hate, hate, hate 'em.....except for when I make pineapple upside-down cake. That's the one cake that's better suited to them.
I don't bake with them but they are great to make candy! Fudge, caramel, marshmallows, and the like are great. I have a small snowflake that I make marshmallows in and use for cocoa. Love it, bake with it, not for a million!
I think food baked in the silicone has an odd, plastic-y flavor....even if you can get it to turn out. I do use several silicone molds for other things though.......ice cubes, molding chocolate, molding butter, molding soap. Anything that you don't actually bake seems to work great in them. And I absolutely love my square silicone ice cube trays. I will never have a traditional ice cube tray again!
I have some silicone muffin pans and I HATE them.
Ditto! I used them to make muffins and they had an odd gooey feel to the edges. My DH surprised me with them and they just sit in the pantry. Not a fan.
My husband and I just discussed this as mine were being moved to the garage sale/salvation army pile. I had to explain that sometimes I make mistakes. They suck. And that's that. I hate them.
lol..I always wondered about them!
I read somewhere that scillicon bakeware won't give you a nice crust - so why they make silicon loaf pans is beyond me. I bought a silicon angel food pan, thinking it would be awesome, nope! It works just well enough to convince me not to buy a new metal one, but I would never buy another silicon pan again. They are impossible to get cakes out of. Or cookies or brownies
I am not a fan of those pans either! I have tried using them a couple of times and just could not get them to release the cake easily at all. They sit in the cupboard. I need to have a yard sale, soon.
isabow2, you crack me up!!!
I love the idea of using some of them for candy, though.
OMG you mean it's NOT JUST ME!!!!! I thought I was missing something but I can NEVER get the cake out of the pan in one piece EVER! Thank goodness it's not just me! phew
My DH bought me a bunch of them, too, when they first came out. I thought they baked everything fine, but then something strange started happening.
I washed and dried them and put them in the cupboard. The next time I'd go to use them, they'd have weird little sticky spots all over them. I called the company hotline, and they said that it was "normal."
It didn't seem normal to me -- I wondered what kind of yucky chemical stuff was oozing out of my pans. So, yeah, I'm not a big fan, either.
Oh, and the loaf pan bows out on the sides when you fill it with banana bread batter, so the loaf is real-l-l-y misshapen!! My friends teased me about it when I took it to our church bakesale.
I'm glad to hear about these, I've wondered about them for a couple of years, ever since I was working for a company that cleaned fire damages and I'd be cleaning the kitchen. My partner and I always had the discussion wondering if they were really all that great or not. Happy I didn't buy any now!!
Bummer JGMB! I've got some banana bread in the oven right now (baking for round seven - http://www.bakinggals.com/) and when I was filling the pan, I was thinking "Gosh. This sturdy metal pan is so nice. What wonderful crisp corners I have!" No joke. Because I think we've all seen the mishapen breads that silicon pans yeild. Oh well, Tasty!
They're awesome for molding ice cream, frozen mousses, semifreddo, and other frozen desserts. I have some Very small cavity professional grade ones I use for financiers and other petits four, but overall I don't like them for baking.
I have to agree with giraffe11. I don't use my pans anymore because everything has a funky taste when I bake in them. They have their own little corner in the cabinet and haven't seen the light of day for a long time.
I was all interested in silicone when I first started baking. I brought the silicone cookie sheet liners. I thought that I would save money instead of using parchment paper. I hate those things. I went back to parchment paper so fast. I dont know where those liners are now. Oh well. I'm glad its not just me.