Friday, February 21, 2020
SILICONE IS MY FRIEND
Do any of you love to bake? Or should I say, do any of you bake often? Having the proper equipment is always a plus for those of us who bake or cook. Having tools that are multi purpose is even better.
In the past I have tried and discarded many pieces of bakeware. There has been trial and error with measuring tools also. As I am now past middle age, it is time to finally get items that make me happy to cook and bake with.
About 6 month ago I finally bought a silicone pastry mat. I had wanted one for years but never remembered it until I would be rolling out tortillas or pie crust. Early, on a Sunday morning I was going to make an Apple pie. There were a couple of items I needed to make said pie (like apples) and so I went to the grocery store to pick them up. As I walked down the first aisle I immediately saw silicone pastry mats. SWISH, into my cart it went without even looking at the price. (It was REALLY early that morning) I love it! It is so much easier to clean that up instead cleaning my counter tops.
On one of hubby's trips to Las Vegas, he was at our friends home and the lady there was making tortillas. He was watching her and saw her use a measuring cup that totally got his attention. It was a silicone cup. He asked her why she used it and she gave him about 5 reasons. I got a phone call immediately and was told to go on Amazon and order a set for us.
Oh my, how I love them. The fact you can squish them and pour your liquids into your bowls is such a big plus for me. Notice how easily I am squishing the 4 cup one. Just to let you know, I have a jammed thumb on that hand and it is not causing me any pain to squish the cup. The cups have metric, ounces, cup and the little one has teaspoon and tablespoon measurements on them. They have been used at least once a week and washed in the dishwasher and still look like brand new.
While looking for the measuring cups I ran across a silicone bowl set.
Once again the squish factor is good. (I am squiching the biggest one) These are wonderful. I have used my hand mixer in them without any marring of the inside of the bowls. They do not slide around on the counter tops while stirring in them. These also are used weekly and washed in the dishwasher. LOVE THEM!
Now, I will say, I have tried silicone bakeware and was not a fan. That being said, it was about 15 years ago that I tried it. Maybe they have improved it by now. I don't know. I do know I love all the bakeware I am using in my kitchen now. Most of it is USA bakeware.
The pans with the ridges are my favorites and they are all nonstick without Teflon type coating on them. However, they are hand wash only. Clean up with them is a breeze. I have loaf pans, cookie sheets, jelly roll pans, round pans etc. I wait until I see them on sale and then grab what I don't have. They are not cheap but they are fantastic.
What favorite kitchen stuff do you have that you could not live without?
Until next time...............happy crafting!
PS: NO, I am not getting paid to endorse any of these products.