A lot of kitchen tools are made with silicone, but are they safe? Let’s find out some tips to reduce the risks.
Silicone is now widely used in the kitchen, especially for tools needed to prepare delicious desserts… and food addict now it well!! Among the most popular products there are baking silicone molds. They are convenient and functional, so they are commonly used instead of paper or aluminium ones. However, the main concern about cooking silicone tools is their safety. Let’s find out more!
Silicone molds: are they safe?
In 2007, a research tested 19 baking silicone molds to understand if they pass substances into the food and if they lose weight, after they were heated up at 200° C. The results showed some weak points against the use of these tools.
According to researchers, 16 molts out of 19 passed substances to the food during the baking time. Only after having repeated the test for the third time, the silicone molds stopped passing substances to the foods. Speaking about the weight loss test, only 3 molds did not pass it.
How to use silicone molds
It is important to follow some tips when it comes to buy and use these type of tools. First of all, always choose high quality products, possibly in platinic silicone. Before buying them, try and bend their sides: there must not be any cracks or color changes. If there are, their quality is not right.
Before using your silicone tools, deeply wash them in the dishwasher. In this way, you will reduce the risk of substances passing in your food. Furthermore, you can also cook something in your new molds and then throw it away.
In order to keep the molds intact, avoid using aggressive substances (for example, some detergents) and don’t touch them with knives or sharp objects. If your silicone tool has spots or cuts, you should replace it. Remember silicone is not considered a recyclable material.
Silicone for food: composition
Silicone is made of synthetic polymers. According to its production process, it divides into platinic and peroxide. The first one has the highest quality and it is used in the medical industry. If cooking tools contain it, they are safer to use. Peroxide silicone, instead, is less resistant to high temperatures and it may spoil below 220/230° C. Morover, there’s the risk it can pass substances to your food while this is cooking.
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