Silcone bakeware and other kitchen utensils are safe to use. Silicones are made chemically by creating a "backbone" of silicon (from common sand) and oxygen molecules, a combination that does not occur in nature. Then various other synthetic molecules are added branching off of the main silicon-oxygen line to create hundreds of different silicones that range from liquids to rubbery solids. Though this is a completely manmade product, it is completely inert and will not transfer to foods.
The ones I read listed no hazardous materials or health effects, or needed first aid measures. All descriptions I read of silicone rubber describe it as chemically inert and stable, so it is unlikely to react with or leach into food, nor outgas vapors. MSDSs also note that silicone is not toxic to aquatic or soil organisms, it is not hazardous waste, and while it is not biodegradable, it can be recycled after a lifetime of use.
I did a little research because I was concerned about the safety of silicone products.I have 2 muffin pans that I use.The 1st use,the muffins came out easily.The same day,I wanted to use them again to make something else,so I had a friend wash them for me.The results were poor.I ran a knife around the edges,and they still crumbled.But I wasn't about to throw them out,so I washed them thoroughly with HOT soapy water,and made sure to wash the corners good.Next effort- good results...if you want something done right,do it yourself!
Another concern I had was the flexiblility when putting them into the oven.I have a very small kitchen in my apartment,and it is ackward getting things in and out of the oven.The article I just read said to put the pans on a cookie sheet,which,for safety's sake makes sense for me.Also,you are not supposed to use them at temps higher than 428*.They said that when used over this temp, the pan smoked.You should also bake at a reduced temperature since foods cook faster in silicone.Check 3/4 into cooking time.
So I am going to continue using my muffin pans.I would also like to get a silicone mat.And they're coming up with new silicone products all the time. I will keep on using them until they have proof,from research,that they are unsafe in some way.
Edited by: IT*SNEVER2LATE at: 10/20/2007 (18:39)
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