Nowadays, there are all kinds of great little doo-hickeys for the kitchen. Among that latest in kitchen trends are silicone items that have all kinds of good uses. We put together a list of must-have kitchen items that will change the way you cook forever.
Remember that one time that you left your spoon in the pot for a second and went to grab it and damn near melted the skin from your hand? You never have to worry about that with silicone utensils. They can withstand heat up to 400 degrees, so they do not melt when left in a hot pot, and you will not have to worry about burning yourself on them.
You will never want to use another paper muffin cup again in your life. Not only do your muffins pop right out of these, even if you did not grease them, but they also stand upright, so you do not even need to use your muffin pans. They clean up easily and can go in the dishwasher. They are a true lifesaver.
If you think muffin cups are great, wait until you try a silicone muffin pan. They never need to be greased up no matter what you are baking inside them. That makes your food taste better because you did not have to add cooking spray to the pan before adding your batter. When your food is done, just push the bottom up and pop it right out. No muss, no fuss.
If you are an avid breadmaker, a silicone bread pan is a must. Again, you do not have to grease this just like the muffin pan. Plus, your bread will pop right out. Most even have these grooves on the bottom of the pan making your bread a little more fancy than others.
These silicone baking mats are amaze-balls! You can use them to line your pans in lieu of foil or parchment paper. I bake everything from pizza to cookies to french fries on mine. Nothing sticks to them and they wash up very easily. They are a true life saver if you have big batches of cookies to bake.
There is a whole world of silicone cake pans out there. You can find forms for every holiday and niche. Personally, I have butterfly and Easter Egg pans that I bake cakes in for Springtime. Pans like this are especially great if you have a child who wants a themed cake and you cannot afford a professional cake. You could just make your own using the right silicone cake pan.
Why go out and buy a bag of gummy bears when you can make them at home and not have to worry about all of those preservatives. There are silicone candy molds for just about any kind of candy out there. From bears to Star Wars to Legos to hearts and candy canes, there is an abundance of fun molds to be found, just search Amazon. Make your own gummies, chocolates, or hard candies right from the comfort of your own home.
This is one item that you will not know that you need until you actually have one. Nothing is more annoying than trying to peel garlic. It is especially hard if you have fake nails. With this, you just put your garlic in the tube and roll it on your counter. All of the dry peelies come right off with no real effort on your part.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I have burned myself a time or three with my metal steamer basket. Using silicone, you never have to worry about getting burned by another other than the actual steam. Plus, you do not have to worry about it getting rusty.
You can generally find them in a set just like the one pictured. The varying sizes make it so they fit pots, pans, and bowls of all sizes. They clean up easily and will not burn your hand when you grab them from the top of a hot pot. The best part is that they are easy to store. Just add a hook to your wall, and keep them hanging there when not in use.