How to Clean Silicone Bakeware Easily
Silicone bakeware has become the new kid on the bakeware block who is gradually taking over the entire baking neighborhood. This revolutionary technology in baking is pushing metal and glass pans out of the way and many bakers are ‘warming’ up to it. This rubber-like material is not only malleable, but it is also easy to use. It is heat-resistant and makes for efficient storage in your kitchen cupboard. However, one downside to this revolution in baking is that silicone bakeware can be very difficult to clean. This is because grease and other food residue stick easily on it can be very difficult to get rid of. You may start losing interest in your silicone bakeware if you are finding it too difficult to clean – but don’t start pulling your hair out. Help is at hand in this article so you can learn everything about how to clean silicone bakeware easily.
Your Cleaning Options
There are a number of options you can try. Each option will yield ‘clean’ results.
First, there are a few things you will need – grease-cutting dish soap and hot water. Block your kitchen sink drain and fill it hot water. How hot? As hot as you can handle. Never use lukewarm or cold water. It has no effect. Pour in some drops of grease-cutting dish soap and stir it up with something. The grease-cutting dish soap will do the hard work of tackling the hard stains for you. That done, soak the silicone bakeware in the hot soapy water. Leave it in the sink for at least thirty minutes. Make it at least one hour for tougher stains. Next, pour some more grease-cutting dish soap on the silicone bakeware, get a non-abrasive sponge, ‘grease’ your own elbow, and scrub to remove the stains. Do not forget to wear protective gloves. Depending on how tough the stains are, you may need to repeat the process and scrub like you hate stains. That done, rinse off the soapy water from the silicone bakeware and place it upside down on a drying rack to dry.
This is for the very tough stains. Heat up your silicone bakeware in an oven before cleaning it. Preheat your oven to a hundred and seventy-seven degrees Celsius and place the bakeware in it. Let it sit in the oven for ten minutes to heat up the hard stains. This will make it easy to clean. That done, put on your protective gloves, remove the silicone bakeware from the oven, and scrub it with grease-cutting dish soap, some baking soda, and a non-abrasive sponge. If the stains are still there, sit the bakeware in your kitchen sink, pour in a little water and shake it out to make the bakeware damp but not wet. Next, sprinkle the baking soda generously on the spots that still have the stain. Using a damp cloth, massage the baking soda into a thick paste on the spots that have the stains and let it dry completely. This may take hours. Now, rinse off the baking soda with hot water in your kitchen sink. If there are still some stains left, apply some more baking soda powder and repeat the process. Otherwise, after rinsing off the baking soda paste, wash the silicone bakeware with dish soap. Then, rinse it and let it dry out upside down on a drying rack.
You do not want the residue building up in your silicone bakeware in the first place. So the easiest thing to do is to wash your bakeware immediately after use with grease-cutting dish soap and non-abrasive sponge and rinse with water. Avoid using abrasive sponges.
How to Clean Silicone Molds
To clean silicone molds, good quality dish soap is recommended. Use a non-abrasive sponge with the dish soap to clean. Afterward, rinse it with water. That done, spread a towel on a flat surface and slap the silicone mold gently on it to force out the rest of the water drops out of it. This will help speed up the drying process and prevent dust particles from settling on it.
White Residue on Silicone Bakeware
If you have used your silicone bakeware for a while, you may have noticed some greasy white residue appear in it. Because silicone is a porous material, extended use and heating could cause oily ingredients like butter to seep through the pores of the dish. If you do not clean your bakeware thoroughly after each use, the oily stuff could seep right back to the surface of the dish and form a greasy white residue. Over time, this residue may crystallize or solidify. To clean this residue, use grease-cutting soap and non-abrasive sponge to wash the bakeware. Scrub in a circular motion and apply gentle but enough pressure to clean. If the stain remains, gently scrub the bakeware with baking soda paste and let it dry out. Afterwards, wash it thoroughly with soap and water to get rid of the paste. Then set it upside down on a drying rack or towel to dry out.
Silicone bakeware comes with several advantages – durable, even heat distribution, non-stick, minimal heat-retention, does not break or crack, does not rust or dent, and many more. However, caring for it is another thing. To avoid stain buildup and the work it requires, please wash your bakeware after each usage.