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Silicone molds are typically brightly colored baking pans that come in many shapes and sizes, made from food-safe silicone, which has a soft texture but holds up in high heat. Rather than using metal pans which can be hard to remove baked goods from or which can easily rust, silicone baking molds are a really good alternative to traditional metal pans. They take up less storage than metal pans due to their soft texture and can handle extremely high oven heat, so they will suit various baking needs. Keep reading to learn how to bake with silicone molds.
What temperatures can silicone molds handle?
Silicone molds are made of high-grade silicone, built to withstand high temperatures without breaking down. Most small silicone molds can handle temperatures up to 400 degrees F., and some may be able to handle much higher heat, so be sure to check the packaging or manufacturer’s recommendations for your particular mold.
Helping silicone molds retain their shape
Sometimes silicone molds can shift while cooking, as the side walls are flexible rather than rigid, as with a metal pan. Try to choose silicone molds with thicker sidewalls to help retain the shape. You can also place silicone molds on a baking sheet to keep larger silicone molds from collapsing or getting the impressions of your oven racks in the bottom. For small cupcake-sized molds, you can use a baking sheet to transfer the molds from the counter to the oven, and placing many of them side-by-side on a baking sheet will help the smaller molds stand up and retain their shape.
How to grease silicone molds? Is it necessary?
It is not always necessary to grease silicone molds, as they are very non-stick on their own. However, if it is a mold with ridges or lots of corners, it may be beneficial to use a bit of grease or cooking spray to help your baked goods release from a more complex silicone mold.
How to cool baked goods in silicone molds
When baking is complete, remove the silicone mold from the oven. If using a baking sheet, you can simply remove it from the oven and allow the silicone molds to cool on it. If the molds were freestanding in the oven, use two potholders to gently remove them from the oven and place them on a wire cooling rack.
How to remove baked goods from silicone molds
Wait until the baked goods have completely cooled before attempting to remove them from silicone molds. If the mold has straight sides, use a butter knife or flat icing spatula to gently release the sides of the mold. If the mold has ridges or other decorations on the side, simply begin to peel the mold away from the sides of the baked item. Work slowly, peeling the mold away while turning out the baked item onto a plate or other flat surface.
Can You Microwave Silicone Molds?
Yes, you can microwave silicone molds. They are generally safe to use in the microwave. However, check the manufacturer’s instructions to confirm the specific temperature range and duration. Always follow the recommended guidelines to ensure the safety and longevity of your silicone molds.
Can You Make Fudge in Silicone Molds?
Absolutely. Silicone molds are ideal for making fudge due to their non-stick properties and easy-release design. To make fudge in a silicone mold:
- Grease the mold lightly to ensure a smooth release.
- Prepare your fudge mixture according to your preferred recipe.
- Pour the mixture into the mold cavities.
- Let the fudge cool and solidify by leaving it at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
- Gently push the fudge out of the mold once it’s set.
How to Fix a Warped Silicone Mold
Fixing a warped silicone mold can be done using the following steps:
- Fill a large container or sink with hot water (not boiling).
- Submerge the warped mold in the water for a few minutes.
- Take it out of the water. Gently reshape it while it is still warm.
- Press it down to keep its form as it cools and dries on a flat surface.
How to Prevent Air Bubbles in a Silicone Mold
To prevent air bubbles when using silicone molds:
- Tap the mold filled with your mixture on a counter a few times to release any trapped air.
- Pour the mixture slowly and steadily from one side of the mold, allowing it to spread evenly.
- Use a spatula or toothpick to pop any visible air bubbles on the surface.
Can You Put Silicone Molds in the Dishwasher?
Most silicone molds are dishwasher-safe, but always check the instructions. If the mold is delicate or intricate, wash it by hand with warm, soapy water and a soft sponge.