September 28, 2020

Baking Flexibility

Everywhere you look, there is a lot of emphasis on cutting the fat out of our daily diets, but who wants to cut out the fat if it means cutting out the flavor? When it comes to baking, there is a way to cut down on your fat intake without changing the ingredients in your favorite recipes.

If you switch to nonstick silicone bakeware, you can cut down on your fat intake with minimal effort. Because the bakeware is nonstick, you never have to use butter, shortening, or grease on your pans or sheets to ensure easy food removal.

The first silicone items made exclusively for baking were small silicone mats that fit nicely on your cookie sheet and allowed you to bake cookies with out greasing the cookie sheet or worrying about the bottoms getting burned. These little mats were a huge success and stores were hard pressed to keep them in stock.

As the popularity of these mats grew, manufacturers decide to explore the idea of making more bakeware from silicone. They began making spoons, spatulas, and whisks that could withstand high heats and could be used with nonstick cookware with no fear of ruining the coating.

Silicone utensils were the perfect choice for candy making or any other project that required a boiling and sticky liquid to be stirred.

Kitchen supply manufacturers also introduced silicone potholders and oven gloves. Because they can withstand heats up to 500 degrees, they are the perfect insurance that you wont get burned when you pull a hot dish from your oven.

They dont conduct heat the way that a cloth potholder does and they are much sturdier and easy to keep clean than traditional potholders. Home canners fell in love with silicone bakers mitts because they could actually reach into a pot of boiling water to remove a hot jar of food once it was done processing.

As an added bonus these durable potholders do double duty as lid grippers making opening jars a snap.

Once silicone hit kitchens in the form of baking mats, utensils, and pot holders, kitchen experts began to see the potential of this material in everyday baking. Suddenly almost any type of bakeware that could traditionally be found in stainless steel, aluminum, glass, or stoneware was being offered in brightly colored silicone.

Stores began selling muffin tins, bread loaf pans, cake pans, and pie pans. The most popular pieces tend to be the specialty designed cake pans that allow you to make cakes shaped like everything from roses to pumpkins. They even have mini cake pans that make individual, fancy shaped cakes.

The popularity of silicone bakeware skyrocketed as cooks began to see the benefits of using this material in their kitchens. Foods pop out of silicone pans with amazing ease.

You never need to grease, flour, or even use cooking spray on a silicone pan and that adds up to lots of calories and fat grams saved with each meal. Because silicone is very flexible, it is easy to bend and twist it so that cakes and breads pop out easily.

You never have to force baked goods out of the pan, so they retain there shape and you dont see a lot of split and broken cakes.

Silicone is a bakers dream when it comes to making evenly cooked delicacies. The material distributes heat evenly, so you never end up with a cake that is burned around the edges and still not cooked in the middle.

It also cools down quickly ensuring that you foods will not continue cooking and possibly drying out once you remove them from the oven.

Because silicone is nonstick, cleanup is a breeze. A little soap and water and any crumb left on your bakeware disappears. It is nonporous, so it never retains any odors from the foods you cook.

Completely versatile it goes from oven to table to freezer and can even be thrown in the dishwasher. Once you are done cleaning it, storage is a snap. With its flexibility, you can twist it, bend it, fold it or mash it up so it can fit in the smallest of drawers or cupboards.

If you havent tried silicone bakeware, add a piece or two to your kitchen. You will be surprised at its quality and flexibility.

This is a review of Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools, in Mesh Bag. Hope it helps!

Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools, in Mesh Bag

  • Three wooden spoons and three wooden spatula’s in mesh bag
  • Made of bamboo wood – A renewable resource; Harder than maple
  • Natural Color – Not a stain
  • Easy to wash, mild soap and water; Dry thoroughly
  • Coordinates with other Lipper International bamboo collection accessories

Lipper International has developed a complete line of woodenware products consisting of tableware, salad bowls, storage items, pantry ware and home organization items. These collections are continually refined and expanded. Discover a wide variety of practical, yet beautiful kitchen amenities designed to help you organize the practical side of your kitchen and pantry. From napkin and towel holders to spice racks and recipe boxes, simply select your favorite collection and add a decorative touch Click toRead the rest of the review here…

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2 thoughts on “Baking Flexibility

  1. 82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Disappointed, April 6, 2012
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    This review is from: Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools, in Mesh Bag (Kitchen)
    These seemed like a good deal and came well shaped and sanded BUT with some kind of varnish/urethane/?? coating on them. It’s way too hard a coating to just be oil and it’s not shellac (which is food-safe) since alcohol doesn’t remove it. Whatever it is, I don’t want it in my food. It might be ok for a salad spoon or something but when cooking with these, some of this will definitely come off into the food. None of my other bamboo utensils have this and they’ve held up perfectly over years of use. Bottom line, I think a lot of people buy bamboo utensils to be green, natural and avoid plastics/chemicals so I don’t know why they spray this ‘whatever’ on them. At the very least they can say they do that in the description and if it’s something natural and safe, tell us what it is. Went to the ‘Lipper International’ website and it was similarly useless with actually LESS description there of their own product than the minimal details on Amazon. I would cost too much to return so it’s a loss for me, but I’d advise others to pass on these unless they can figure out what that crap is and that you’re ok with it in your food.

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  2. 70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect for my kitchen, March 22, 2011
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    Matthew Decker Maurer “mightyhat” (Eau Claire, WI USA) –
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    This review is from: Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools, in Mesh Bag (Kitchen)
    I have been using this set for a few weeks now, and am absolutely impressed. This inexpensive set is nicely formed and cleanly finished. Besides the environmental benefits of using fast-growing bamboo instead of harvesting hardwoods for simple utensils, bamboo is much more forgiving of soaking or an occasional trip through the dishwasher that will destroy wooden spoons. The bamboo paddles that I have been using for years have outlasted wooden spoons and plastic spatulas. They are gentle enough to use on non-stick surfaces but more heat resistant than plastic/teflon.

    If you did get a set with a few rough spots, just rub them against each other to burnish away any odd spots. Like an old leather jacket, my older bamboo paddles have slowly gained a nice patina over years of use. The handles are smooth from hours of use, and one has scorch marks from sitting on the edge of a pan on a high flame. That level of use has ruined more expensive tools. What’s not to love?

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