Is Cooking with Silicones Safe?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved food-grade silicone1 for use in a variety of kitchen products. Food-grade silicone is a type of silicone that has been tested and certified by FDA2 to be safe for contact with food. Made from a synthetic polymer called polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), food-grade silicone is a popular material for kitchenware and food storage containers because it has superior properties of durability, heat-resistance, and non-stick, as well as dishwasher and microwave safe. Some common examples of food-grade silicone products include baking molds, cupcake liners, food storage containers, ice cube trays, and reusable straws.3
Uses and Benefits of Cooking with Silicone
Silicone kitchen tool varieties are extensive, with products ranging from baking molds, cupcake liners, food storage containers, ice cube trays and reusable straws. Bakeware and cookware are more sturdy, convenient, easy to use and long-lasting when made with silicone rubber. Cake pans, muffin molds, and baking mats can go from the freezer to the oven, microwave or dishwasher without affecting the quality of the product or the food. Silicone kitchen tools’ resistance to high temperatures and safety for human health, even after extensive use, make them a reliable and convenient partner in the kitchen.4
Baking with silicone
There are many benefits of baking with silicone. Silicone baking trays and molds are non-stick, easy to clean, distributes heat evenly, and durable and long-lasting.
Silicone air fryer liners
Silicone air fryer liners are reusable mats that are placed in the bottom of an air fryer basket. They have a number of uses and benefits, including preventing food from sticking and making clean-up easier.
Silicone utensils and bowls
Silicone utensils and bowls are a popular choice for kitchens because they are heat-resistant, durable, flexible, and non-stick.
Silicone molds are a versatile and durable type of mold that can be used to create a variety of items, including food, candles, soaps, crafts, and more.
Using silicone in the microwave
Silicone is a versatile and safe material that can be used in the microwave.
There are a few ways to know if your kitchen equipment made with silicones are oven safe:
- Look for the oven-safe symbol on packaging.
- Check the product packaging. The packaging for silicone products will usually indicate whether the product is oven safe.
- Contact the manufacturer.
Yes, you can microwave silicones. Silicones are versatile and safe materials that can be used in the microwave. Be sure to choose microwave-safe silicone products.
Yes, food-grade silicone is safe for food. The FDA has approved food-grade silicone for use in a variety of kitchen products, including baking molds, cupcake liners, ice cube trays, food storage bags, and reusable straws.
Silicones are dishwasher safe, but it is important to avoid using the heated dry cycle, as this can damage the material. You can also wash silicone cookware by hand with warm, soapy water after each use.