I know, they’ve been around quite a while now, but I had never used them.
I usually use paper cupcake liners. I find some of the baked product always sticks to the paper. I have not had good luck using paper liners for muffins – the muffins don’t come out cleanly. the whole bottom will come off. I guess I could spray with baking spray, but then I am using two products to accomplish the one thing I want.
These silicon cups are not terribly expensive, and if you regularly use a lot of paper baking cups, these will pay for themselves in time.
Enter the silicone liner. Totally nonstick. colorful – they make me smile. They work for all kinds of food projects, like:
- peanut butter chocolate cups
- individual desserts
- candy making
Although the silicone is pretty rigid, I suggest using that muffin pan to hold them, or at least put them on a baking sheet. I have read where some people spray them with baking spray to “season” for use the first few times. I however, just washed them after purchasing them, and then started to use them as is.
They are oven safe up to 450F, then can also go in the freezer down to -40F. How flexible is that? And for safety, they are BPA-free and approved by the FDA for use with food products. Use them in the microwave, & oven.
Clean up is easy, though not as easy as mats, since the liners have lots of little ridges. Pop them into a pot of warm soapy water as soon as possible after using them. I like an old tooth brush to scrub out any crumbs that might get stuck. But my experience was a quick scrub with a sponge, using scrubber side as needed, also worked. Silicone products are dishwasher safe, but the little muffin liners will probably fly all over.
Dry thoroughly before re-stacking for storage.
Though I have tried silicone loaf pans and didn’t like them as well as a glass or cast iron loaf pan, these little cupcake liners work great.
What is our favorite silicone kitchen helper?