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Silicone Perks Things Up
Moms are finding a new use for silicone—bakeware! New technology allows you to get rid of pans that dent, scratch, or corrode. Silicone bakeware is safe, flexible, and non-stick.
With a number of brand names offering silicone products, it’s easy to find something that fits your needs and budgets. FDA-approved, cooking-grade silicone is safe for cooking up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and is ideal for families with kids who like to touch. The material cools so rapidly that it can be transferred from the oven right to the countertop. This means that little fingers won’t be burned if they reach for still-warm muffins. Silicone cookware is easy to clean, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, and comes in great colors, too.
Available at some grocery stores, silicone bakeware is now a staple item for mass retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart, in addition to specialty stores like Williams Sonoma and Crate & Barrel. Prices for the pieces start at around $10 for a single pan to $50 for a set. You’ll find everything from heat-resistant spatulas to traditional round and square cake pans, as well as loaf and muffin pans, brioche molds, even trivets and ramekins.
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