Silicone Bakeware Panned by Consumer Reports
Is silicone bakeware a boon to bakers? Find out what Consumers Reports thinks.
In its January 2006 issue, Consumer Reports (one of our favorite magazines) included an article about silicone bakeware.
Silicone bakeware is widely available, in a nice assortment of colors and designs. It's supposed to be easy to clean, stain resistant, and easy to store because of its flexible nature.
During their review, Consumer Reports's goal was to see if silicone bakeware is really better than conventional bakeware. They tested popular brands sold by KitchenAid, Smartware and Kmart.
In a nutshell, here's what they found:
- The flexibility of the design can cause cakes to break.
- Brownies varied in thickness because the flexible pans sagged (even when supported with a wire holder).
- Some cookies browned in odd patterns.
- Most cookies did NOT slide easily from the sheets.
- Muffins lacked crunchy tops and browned sides.
- Silicone pans can be easily cut.
- Silicone pans may crack or crumble after long use.
Their recommendation? Stick (no pun intended) to regular bakeware and use parchment paper or a Silpat baking sheet to keep cookies from sticking.