An RVers Dream Product
Silicone bakeware and cookware is weird stuff. That is, it doesn’t act or feel normal and many people don’t trust it. That makes sense to me—I didn’t trust it either, at first. However, with it you can save space, reduce weight, pack efficiently, and cook like a professional. I know, I do about 90% of our cooking.
Silicone cookware was developed in the 1980s for commercial kitchens. It is FDA approved, inert, and safe up to various high temperatures (the maximum safe temperature is stamped into each piece). Silicone will melt if heated above its safe range but even then it doesn’t produce toxic vapors. Silicone cookware
includes muffin pans, baking pans, spatulas, molds, whisks, and more. It is considered the only non-reactive, non-stick cooking material.
Advantages of Silicone for RVers
Silicone cookware is great anywhere but is considered “The Answer” for RVers. Consider these advantages…
- Flexible… you can literally roll or wad it up and stuff it in a drawer, use it as a cushion to pack between other conventional pans for travel, it will fit and can be tucked in just about anywhere.
- Lightweight… My guess is that silicone cookware counterpart is about 1/10 the weight of glass baking dishes. Regardless of the actual amount, it is significantly lighter. Leave those glass baking dishes behind. The only glass cookware we use and carry is a couple of Corningware bowls.
- Cooks Great… Use silicone cookware in any appliance where it will not come in contact with direct heat (open flame or electric burner). It’s great in a microwave, gas or electric ovens, and convection ovens.
- Easy to Clean… While it’s the best non-stick material I’ve used, occasionally food sticks. Silicon is flexible—just bend the pan and the food often pops off! Wash your silicone cookware with the other dishes. It is also dishwasher safe.
- Cheap… Don’t pay big bucks for silicone—shop around. We paid $19.00 (yes, nineteen) for a three-piece set (loaf pan, bundt pan, and muffin pan) of silicone cookware at a pharmacy chain. It works great!
- Special Care… Sharp objects like knives or forks can damage silicone cookware. I use silicone spatulas, too. If you happen to cut or puncture the surface, the pan is still usable but food will collect and stick inside the cut. Do not poke around with sharp objects.
Using Silicone Cookware
Don’t change your recipes when cooking with silicone. Interestingly, the flexibility of the cookware often works against you. Try filling a 9 x 13-inch silicone baking pan with a runny batter and then put it in the oven! It’s hard enough with a metal or glass dish. A floppy pan brings on new spill challenges.
For baking, our convection oven requires a metal rack that sits in the microwave tray. I set the metal oven rack on the counter, then set my 9 x 13-inch silicone pan on the rack, pour in the batter, and lift the oven rack (with baking pan on it) up into the oven. This keeps the runny batter stabilized. Or, place your silicone cookware on a cookie sheet and when filled, lift the cookie sheet and slide the silicone cookware into the oven.
It’s Good Stuff
Silicone cookware is nearly the perfect product for RVers. While it won’t make your food taste better, it will make it a bit more fun to cook and lighten your load.