Silpat Silicone Baking Mat Review

Silpat silicone baking mats are one of the most durable, long lasting, temperature withstanding silicone mats available. They are professional grade quality with many bakeries choosing to bake with Silpat silicone baking mats.

  • 2000-3000 uses
  • up to 500°F in the oven – much more heat resistant than other silicone baking mats (~420°F)
  • several sizes available that fit perfectly in a baking sheet
  • commercial grade

I have used my Silpat baking mats for over a year now with baking many different foods:

  • macarons
  • croissants
  • scones
  • chocolate decorations

I find the Silpat silicone mats are much higher quality than my other silicone mats. They are able to withstand the high usage and high temperatures. I love the way my macarons turn out using the Slip

I find the Silpat silicone mats are much higher quality than my other silicone mats. They are able to withstand the high usage and high temperatures.

I love the way macarons turn out using the Silpat silicone baking mat. They give them a beautiful matte round finish to them which makes them look professional, like they came from a commercial bakery.

At first, I used parchment paper to bake macarons, but after getting more comfortable making macarons I like using the Silpat much better.

My favorite dessert to make with Silpat silicone baking mat are chocolate decorations.

I can easily pipe chocolate directly on the silicone mat and then place it in the freezer.

The silicone baking mat is much thicker, so I find I don’t easily ruin the design.

Using parchment paper for chocolate decorations is much more difficult because it’s flimsy, and easily movable which can disturb the design. I much prefer using the Silpat silicone baking mat.

When I make croissants, I find the Silpat silicone mat very easy to use for rolling out my croissant dough. I like having a couple of silicone mats. One for rolling out the dough, and one for shaping the butter layer.

The butter layer is easily manipulated on the silicone mat, since it remains in one place without moving.

I find using cling wrap is much more difficult to make the butter layer since it moves around and it quite flimsy. I find it hard to place it on a plate and then into the fridge, and somehow get it off of the plate in one piece to place into the croissant dough for lamination. The butter layer frequently breaks on me if I use cling wrap.

It’s much easier and I’ve had no issues at all with the butter layer breaking when I use my Silpat silicone mat. I would recommend to use it for anyone attempting croissants.

I have used my Silpat silicone baking mat for baking croissants on as well and so far I’m very impressed with how well they have turned out.

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Silpat baking mat sizes

  • Full Sheet Size, 16-1/2″ x 24-1/2″
  • Countertop Workstation Mat, 15-1/8″ x 23″
  • Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8 x 16-1/2
  • Toaster Oven Baking Mat – 7 7/8″ x 10 7/8″
  • Octagonal Microwave Size Baking Mat – 10 1/4″
  • Round, 12″
  • Cake Liner Round 9″

Silpat temperature range

Silpat’s can be used in frozen environments and up to 500°F in the oven.

Silpat mat vs parchment paper

Silicone Baking Mat (Silpat)Parchment Paper
ReusableOne time use
Lines a baking sheetCan line many different baking pans such as: baking sheet, loaf pan, deep baking sheet, cake pans
Cookies - need to cook for a couple min longer than parchment paper, roast vegetables, caramel, butter laminationCookies, scones, cakes, breads
Do not use over 500 degrees F. Ok to use for almost every temperature in the ovenDo not use over 420 degrees F - has the potential to burn the paper
Flatter more rounder cookiesCookies will be taller and will not spread out as much

Silpat silicone mat vs parchment paper for making macarons

Silpat silicone mats are the gold standard for baking macarons. However, sometimes the macarons need a bit of longer bake time when using a Silpat silicone mat vs using parchment paper. Silpat silicone mats allow macarons to spread wider, which produces more of a rounder and flatter macaron than using parchment paper. This gives the macarons a more professional look to them when baked with a Silpat silicone mat.

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How to Use a Silicone Baking Mat

Silicone baking mats are one of the most versatile kitchen accessories you can have as a baker. Silicone baking mats have a couple of special things about them that make them unique.

  • no greasing necessary
  • no flour required on the silicone baking mat to roll out dough
  • capable of almost every temperature in the oven and in the freezer
  • easy to clean – wipe with a damp cloth
  • reusable
  1. Make sure silicone baking mat is clean. Place it on a baking sheet.
  2. Pipe or place dough, batter, etc. on the baking mat.
  3. Bake food for required time on your recipe.
  4. Remove the food from the oven.
  5. Let macarons cool while still on the baking mat. Other foods can be taking off of the silicone baking mat and onto a cooling rack.
  6. Wipe the silicone baking mat clean with a damp cloth and set to dry.
  7. Silicone baking mat can be rolled up or stored flat.

How to use a silicone mat for macarons

When you’re using your silicone mat, make sure it’s completely free of grease, debris, etc. You only want to use your silicone baking mat when it’s very clean. If it has residual grease on the baking mat, your macarons will absorb the grease and will not turn out.

If you’re using a silicone baking mat for macarons, you need to bake them for an extra minute or two. The texture of the silicone requires them to be baked longer than using parchment paper. Otherwise, the macarons will come off of the silicone baking mat not fully cooked. They will be a bit gummy on the bottom, making them not a perfect flat bottom.

Pipe the macaron batter directly on the silicone baking mat. Let them dry for 30 minutes, and then bake them for the required amount of time, plus 1-2 minutes.

Drying the macarons for 30 minutes allows a skin to form on the macarons, which makes them have a perfect shell when they bake.

How to use a silicone baking mat for chocolate

Silicone mats are special because they have a bit of a thickness to them, which makes it very easy to peel delicate foods of the silicone mat.

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Silicone baking mats can easily be put in the fridge or freezer for intricate foods like piped chocolate decorations.

Place the silicone baking mat in the freezer with your piped chocolate decorations for about 20 minutes. You can gently peel the chocolate off of the mat, and then use for your dessert decoration.

How to use a silicone baking mat for rolling out dough

Place your dough directly on the silicone baking mat. Only flour your rolling pin and the dough. Roll out your dough to your required thickness. You can use cookie cutters to cut the cookie dough out while the dough is still on the mat. Gently lift the cookie off with a a flat spatula.

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How long do silicone baking mats last

Silicone baking mats last 2000-3000 bakes in the oven. Depending on how many times you bake per year, your silicone baking mats should last 5-10 years.

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Silicone baking mat substitute

You can substitute parchment paper for a silicone baking mat. Silicone baking mats act as reusable parchment paper.

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Silicone baking mat vs Parchment paper

Silicone Baking Mat (Silpat)Parchment Paper
ReusableOne time use
Lines a baking sheetCan line many different baking pans such as: baking sheet, loaf pan, deep baking sheet, cake pans
Cookies - need to cook for a couple min longer than parchment paper, roast vegetables, caramel, butter laminationCookies, scones, cakes, breads
Do not use over 500 degrees F. Ok to use for almost every temperature in the ovenDo not use over 420 degrees F - has the potential to burn the paper
Flatter more rounder cookiesCookies will be taller and will not spread out as much

Are silicone baking mats dishwasher safe

Silicone baking mats are not dishwasher safe. They need to wiped down with a cloth and a small amount of dish soap to remove any grease that may be present. This will help the silicone mat retain it’s life and remain well kept for future baking.

How to Use Silicone Chocolate Molds

Begin by tempering your chocolate.

Depending on if you’re using white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate, the temperatures vary for tempering. Follow the instructions labelled on your chocolate.

Learn why you need to temper your chocolate before using it in silicone molds.

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Tempering Chocolate Temperature Chart

 Milk ChocolateDark ChocolateWhite Chocolate
Melting temperature46 C49 C43 C
Cooling temperature26 C27 C25 C
Reheat temperature30 C32 C28 C

How to temper chocolate for silicone molds

  1. Place chocolate over a double boiler. There should be a couple of inches of water in a large saucepan. Place a large metal bowl over the saucepan. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.
  2. Heat the chocolate until the melting temperature has been reached. Use a digital thermometer to get an accurate reading.
  3. Take the chocolate off of the heat.
  4. Turn the heat off. Leave the saucepan with hot water on the burner.
  5. Place the chocolate filled bowl in another bowl full of ice water. The chocolate should not touch the water at all. Cool the chocolate until the cooling temperature has been reached.
  6. Put the chocolate bowl in the saucepan again and reheat until the reheating temperature has been reached.
  7. Your chocolate is ready to for your silicone molds.
  8. Pour the chocolate over the molds until they are completely filled and overflowing.
  9. Tap the silicone mold to remove any air bubbles.
  10. Scrape the excess chocolate off of the mold by using a bench scraper. You can reuse this chocolate again, just scrape it onto some parchment paper.
  11. Place the molded chocolate into the fridge for 20 min.
  12. Remove the chocolate from the silicone mold by gently pressing the chocolate using your thumb onto a plate.
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Can you use normal chocolate for silicone molds

You can use normal chocolate for silicone molds if you don’t have chocolate for tempering. The difference will be that your chocolate will not have the shiny, glossy look to them. The chocolates will be much harder to bite into.

What kind of chocolate to use for molds

Couverture chocolate is used when making molded chocolates.

Couverture chocolate is made with a larger percentage of cocoa butter (>30%) than regular compound chocolate.

Due to the bigger portion of cocoa butter, this gives a more rich flavor to the chocolate than regular chocolate.

Couverture chocolate is processed to a finer chocolate, making the smoothness of the chocolate much more luscious than regular chocolate.

Best chocolate for melting and hardening

The best chocolate for melting and hardening is Callebaut Belgian couverture chocolate.

  • Belgian chocolate
  • chocolate chips – easier to melt than a brick
  • couverture chocolate
  • luscious flavor
  • hints of caramel
  • large volume – enough to make a lot of chocolates

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How to Remove Chocolate from Silicone Molds

Tempered chocolate can be difficult to remove from silicone molds for a variety of reasons.

Chocolate isn’t fully hardened

If your chocolate isn’t fully solidified, it will be too soft to remove from the silicone mold all in one beautiful piece. It may be sections missing from the chocolate due to it not hardening.

Place the chocolate in the fridge for about 20 min until it’s solidified, then you can remove the chocolates from their molds.

Silicone mold has too much excess chocolate

One of the biggest culprits of not being able to remove chocolate from a silicone mold easily is from having too much excess chocolate on the silicone mold.

Remove the excess chocolate while it is still warm by using a bench scraper to scrape away the excess chocolate. This will give the chocolates a nice even back to them.

Chocolate has air bubbles throughout

Air bubbles are common with tempering chocolate. To remove the air bubbles before your chocolate hardens, tap the mold on the counter after you have filled them. This will make a beautiful chocolate without imperfections, and be much easier to remove from the silicone mold.

How to get chocolate out of silicone molds without breaking

  1. Place chocolate in fridge for 20-30 min depending on the size of chocolate.
  2. Remove from the fridge and turn the mold upside down on a plate.
  3. If the silicone mold is quite large, start by gently removing the edges of the mold from the chocolate. Go around the entire edge and pull the mold away from the chocolate.
  4. With the silicone mold close to the plate, gently press the top of the mold of each chocolate with your thumb to delicately take the chocolate out without breaking it.
  5. Chocolate is removed safely and remains fully intact.

Do you need to grease silicone chocolate molds

No. You do not need to grease silicone chocolate molds. Just use the molds as is. They should be clean and dry before using silicone molds for chocolate.

How to store your chocolates made from silicone molds

Store your freshly made chocolate that you made in your silicone mold at room temperature. Store your chocolate in an airtight container in the cabinet where it will stay a constant temperature. Chocolate doesn’t like temperature fluctuations.

If you store your tempered chocolate in the fridge or freezer, the cocoa butter comes to the surface of the chocolate creating a white precipitate on the outer layer of the chocolate.

How to Use a Pastry Mat

There are a few different ways of using a pastry mat:

  • rolling out dough
  • rolling out a butter layer
  • baking pasties
  • making fancy chocolates
  • making hazelnut spread
  • spreading caramel sauce
How to use a pastry mat

How to use a pasty mat to roll out dough

Put your pastry mat on a hard flat surface.

Put your dough on top of the pastry mat. There is no need to flour your pastry mat. Only flour your dough and the rolling pin.

Roll out your dough to the required length.

Peel the dough from the pastry mat and it’s ready to use for baking or your next step in your baking recipe.

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How to use a pasty mat to roll out a butter layer for croissants or puff pastry

Place your pastry mat on a hard flat surface.

Make sure your butter is at room temperature.

Using a spatula, put the butter on the pasty mat. Gently spread the butter outwards creating a rectangle. Continue spreading the butter until it’s the exact required measurement needed for your recipe. Use the spatula to make the edges a perfect rectangle.

Place the butter in the fridge for 30 min. You can now add your butter layer into your croissant dough or puff pastry dough.

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How to use a pasty mat to bake pastries

To bake pastries with a pastry mat, have your dough ready to bake.

Place the silicone pastry mat onto a baking pan. There is no need to grease the silicone pastry mat.

Put your pastry dough into shapes and place on the silicone mat.

Bake for the time your recipe calls for.

Remove the pastries from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Clean the pastry mat by wiping it down with a wet cloth and some dish soap.

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How to use a pasty mat to make fancy chocolates

To make fancy chocolate decorations with your pastry mat, begin by melting your chocolate.

Place your silicone mold on a plate or baking pan.

Take a spoon and dip it in your chocolate. Using the back of the spoon, spread the chocolate into a leaf shape. It should be round and big at the bottom, with a narrow end. The narrow end doesn’t have to be a perfect point, or even. It’s beautiful to have the leaf going off to one side, and not uniform.

Repeat with how many leaves you want to make. Place them one in front of one another in a line.

Place the silicone baking mat in the fridge, taking care to have an object prop the chocolate up a bit to give it a leaf shape. The pastry mat only needs to be bent a little bit.

Remove from the fridge after 30 min to 1 hour until the chocolate is solidified, and then it’s ready to use as a fancy chocolate decoration.

How to use a pasty mat to make fancy chocolates

You can use this method to create many different chocolates. Try piping chocolate directly onto the mat. You can make snowflakes, hearts, writing, etc. in this way using your pastry mat.

How to use a pasty mat to make hazelnut spread

To make hazelnut spread, roast your hazelnuts and remove the skins.

Make caramel sauce by combining sugar and water over medium heat in a saucepan until it’s an amber-golden color.

Place the hazelnuts into the caramel sauce.

Spread the mixture onto a silicone pastry mat. Let it cool to room temperature to solidify.

Break the solidified caramel into smaller pieces and blend with a food processor. You can use this as hazelnut spread, or you can go further and create a hazelnut sauce by adding your hazelnut spread to heavy cream.

How to use a pasty mat to spread caramel sauce

Create your caramel sauce by heating sugar and water over medium heat until it’s amber-golden in color.

Spread your caramel sauce onto your pastry mat.

Let the caramel solidify at room temperature.

Your caramel is ready to use. You can break it into pieces and add it to the top of ice cream or desserts. You could also use it to make almond roca for a Christmas gift.

Best Pastry Mat for Rolling Dough

The best pastry mat for rolling dough is the Silpat.

The Silpat can be used to turn any surface into a non-stick surface.

  • no need to flour the surface of the pastry mat to roll out dough
  • remains in place when rolling
  • non-stick surface – easily peel your dough off of the mat
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How to use a pastry mat for rolling out dough

  1. Put your pastry mat onto a flat surface.
  2. Place your dough onto your pastry mat.
  3. Dust your dough and rolling pin with a flour.
  4. Roll out your dough.

The Silpat silicone pastry mat will remain in place while you’re rolling out your dough. You don’t have to flour the surface of the mat, only your dough and rolling pin to roll out your dough on the silicone pastry mat.

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If you’re rolling out croissant dough or puff pastry you can easily place your silicone pastry mat and dough into the fridge between laminations.

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Using a silicone pastry mat makes it much easier when you’re rolling out butter for lamination to a specific measurement. The butter remains in place, and it doesn’t create a huge mess. The butter easily peels off of the silicone when you’re transferring it to inside your dough.

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Silpat pastry mats can be used in the oven to cook pastries and other baked goods as well.

  • Even heat distribution
  • Made to fit your pan exactly – no need to cut parchment paper to fit
  • Durable and long lasting – up to 3000 bakes
  • No greasing needed – no added fat to your recipe
  • Easy release of pastry
  • Professional grade
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Do you need to grease a silicone pastry mat

You do not need to grease a silicone pastry mat to use it. The silicone provides a barrier for your pastry to be easily removed from the mat. Peel off your baked pastry from the mat and place it on a cooling rack.

Do you need to flour a silicone pastry mat

You do not need to flour a silicone pastry mat. Silicone is a special material that does not require it to be floured. It is non-greasy, and you can easily peel your dough or cooked pastry from the mat. When you’re using a silicone pastry mat to roll out your dough, you only need to flour your dough and rolling pin, not the silicone pastry mat.

Where can you use your silicone pastry mat?

A Silpat silicone pastry mat can be used in the freezer, microwave, and the oven.

How to clean a silicone pastry mat?

Wash your silicone pastry mat with some dish soap and a cloth and let it air dry overnight.

How to store a silicone pastry mat?

Store a silicone pastry mat by placing it in a drawer or a cupboard. The silicone mat can be stored rolled up, or folded and will not be damaged.

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13 Desserts to Make in Silicone Molds

What desserts can you make with silicone molds?

How to make Tartufo? (layered ice cream)

Making a layered ice cream dessert in a silicone mold should be made at least a day in advance to have the ice cream freeze well before serving.

chocolate ice cream in a silicone mold with caramel and oreo crumbs

You’ll need:

  • small half sphere silicone molds
  • 3 types of ice cream that go well together, or 2 types of ice cream + chocolate ganache that has been frozen
  • 1-3 toppings for the ice cream

Decide if you want to do 3 layers of ice cream, or 2 layers of ice cream and 1 inner layer of chocolate ganache. You could make dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate ganache or white chocolate ganache as your center filling. This should be made the day before you’re preparing your molds, and then frozen so you’re ready to fill your silicone molds the following day.

Begin by selecting the ice cream for your outer layer. Your outer layer will be the one that will have your toppings on it.

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Place your ice cream in the silicone mold. Use a metal spoon to press the ice cream around so that all of the sides are covered in ice cream. Try to make it a 1/2 cm in thickness. Place each silicone mold in the freezer in an airtight container as you complete them. They will start to melt very quickly and it will be messy.

Freeze for 30 min – 1 hour. Then you’re ready for your next layer. Select your inner layer of ice cream. Use a fresh metal spoon to put the ice cream in the molds. Press the ice cream into the first layer so it’s completely covered. The thickness isn’t as important for this one, just make sure you leave a bit of space for the center flavor.

Freeze for 30 min – 1 hour. Now you’re ready for your final layer. Use a melon baller or a fresh spoon to scoop your center layer of ice cream or ganache. Chocolate ganache is typically very hard when it comes right out of the freezer, so it’s best if you thaw it out for 5-8 min before trying to scoop it. Press your final layer into your silicone mold. It doesn’t have to be flat by any means, just make sure it’s filled and pressed into your second layer.

Freeze your silicone mold dessert overnight.

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When you’re ready to serve your ice cream for your dinner party, first remove the silicone mold from your ice cream. Use your fingers on either side of the silicone mold to peel the outer silicone mold off of the ice cream, with your thumb on the top of the mold pushing the ice cream out. Try to take them out and place them directly onto your serving plate.

Once you have all of your desserts on their serving plates, you can top your ice cream. Use 1-2 toppings for your layered ice cream dessert.

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Tartufo made with silicone mold

Creating this layered ice cream dessert is called a “Tartufo”.

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How to make chocolate cups without balloons using silicone molds

Making chocolate cups without using balloons is easy to do if you have any silicone molds handy. It doesn’t really matter what shapes you have at home, as long as you’re happy with it and the sizing is appropriate for the dessert you’re making.

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave using a heat proof bowl. Glass tends to work the best for melting chocolate in the microwave. Melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals and mix with a spoon until you have a smooth mixture. You’ll probably only need 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of chocolate to make your chocolate cups.
  2. Paint the chocolate onto the inside of the silicone mold using a food safe brush. If you don’t have one, you can easily use a butter knife to spread the chocolate. Try to get it as evenly distributed as possible.
  3. Place the chocolate cup in the fridge for 30 min. It should have hardened up. You have the option of doing another layer of melted chocolate if you want, but you usually only need to do 1 layer to have enough chocolate for your chocolate cup.
  4. Gently peel away the silicone mold. This is easier if you do multiple layers of chocolate because it thickens up the edges where you are peeling the silicone from. Keep this in mind if you want your chocolate cups to be perfect.
  5. Place your chocolate cup in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
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What to put in chocolate cups

18 foods you can put in chocolate cups:

  • vanilla custard
  • chocolate mousse
  • raspberry mousse
  • mocha mousse
  • coffee mousse
  • ice cream
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • mandarin orange slices
  • whipped cream
  • ice wine
  • hazelnut spread
  • pudding
  • Jell-o
  • maraschino cherries
  • iced coffee
  • angel food cake

If you want to decorate the edging of your chocolate cup, you can use a bit of icing and pipe the icing around the edge of the chocolate cup. Pour sprinkles onto the icing to give it a decorative ring around the chocolate cup for a bit of added color, and make it eye catching.

What other foods can you make in silicone molds?

  • Muffins
  • Ice cubes
  • Quiche
  • Mini pot pies

Can you make chocolate in silicone molds?

Yes. You can make chocolate, chocolate cups, and peanut butter cups.

Can silicone molds be used in the oven?

Yes. They are very heat resistant, but always check the packaging to confirm the highest temperature you can use them at.

Does it take longer to bake in silicone?

Yes. Some darker molds can take longer to bake than lighter molds. Always check cakes for doneness using a toothpick.

Do you put silicone bakeware directly on the oven rack?

No. Use a cookie sheet underneath the silicone baking mold to stabilize it. It will be much easier putting it in and out of the oven with a cookie sheet under the silicone mold.

Is silicone bakeware better than metal?

Silicone bakeware is not better than metal when baking in the oven. Silicone bakeware does not conduct heat. Aluminum baking pans are the best to use in the oven.

Do you need to spray silicone candy molds?

No. You do not need to spray silicone candy molds. Pop the candy out of the silicone mold by using your fingers to put it out. If you use a spray when using your silicone mold, you could have a greasy sheen to them, which isn’t ideal when making candy.

How to check if you have good pure silicone?

Perform the pinch test. Pinch the silicone together and look at where it’s stretching. If your silicone changes color to white, it’s not pure silicone. Pure silicone will be a homogeneous color even when stretched and bent.

When baking with silicone molds, what is the highest and lowest temperature you can use them at?

The highest temperature you can have silicone molds at in the oven is 200°C without damaging them. They can withstand higher temperatures, but they will start breaking down if held at temperatures higher than 250°C. 

The lowest temperature silicone molds can handle is -60°C without breaking down. 

Check your package insert for exact temperature abilities of your specific silicone molds before using at extreme temperatures.

What are the advantages of silicone bakeware?

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Freezer safe
  • Microwave safe
  • Oven safe

How do you clean silicone bakeware?

Use soap and water. Do not soak for extended periods of time. Wash quickly with soap and water or place in the top rack of the dishwasher to clean. Do not use abrasive cleaners on silicone.

How to Remove Ice Cream from a Silicone Mold?

Silicone mold bakeware is ideal for using in the fridge and freezer. It’s not the best for using in the oven, because silicone does not conduct heat like aluminum does. It’s best to use silicone molds for desserts that require chilling.