Monday, January 2, 2012

Kitchen essentials: Silicone or metal bakeware? My experience

Silicone bakeware has been available readily for a few years now, and its benefits often make it sound like a great alternative to “regular” metal bakeware. As I have read on various online forums and in articles, and through my own experience, silicone might just be a fad only good for certain things.

I have a good selection of silicone bakeware – baking sheets, loaf pans, baking pans and some utensils – and I have personally had mixed results with it. I have baked beautiful coffee cakes in the loaf pans and some individual-sized cake pans I own, and cookies on the baking sheets have turned out well (the sheets are also great for making bark candy at the holidays); I’ve also had basic white bread come out well. On the other hand, I’ve thrown out chocolate chip muffins and cheese bread in the past because no matter how long I left them in the oven, they didn’t bake.

Some posters I’ve seen in forums, like this question posted by’s Housewares guide, despise silicone bakeware, where as others don’t understand how anyone can have a problem with it – I’m stuck somewhere in between with my experiences. So, as I see it, there’s no easy answer to the question of silicone versus metal bakeware – personally though, if I need to buy new bakeware anytime soon, it will likely be metal.

What is your experience with silicone bakeware? Let me know in the comments!

above image: Wikimedia Commons/EvaK