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    I've noticed recently that a plethora of silicone bake ware has hit the shelves here in the UK. It comes in vibrant colors too. Lime green, Neon pink. To me cooking anything, even wheat flour filled cakes, in such colors is nauseating. That aside, is silicone any better than plastic, in the fact that ideally plastic should have nothing to do with food at all? Although it is virtually impossible to avoid plastic these days, I do try to use alternatives where possible, but you can't seem to get away from the stuff. Now silicone seems to be taking over. Are there any studies on its safety around food?

  • #2
    I've noticed that too - silicone bread loaf tins (tins!! Makes me laugh!) and such garish colours. What has happened to good taste?! Thank goodness I shall never need to use any of it - baking is a thing of the past here.

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    • #3
      Same thing here in NZ too. I wouldn't use them for baking but don't know how they fare against non stick bakeware which is of possible dubiousness also. A few years ago a friend said that her husband who is an orthodontist said "don't use silicon bakeware, instant cancer" of course he may have been overreacting but interesting nontheless and I've never forgotten it.

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      • #4
        they say it's safe, but i'm waiting for a few decades to see how it affects the guinea pigs.
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        • #5
          Hasn't affected me yet. I use it when I'm cooking on a baking sheet in the oven. It's less wasteful than parchment paper, and I despise scrubbing to get gunk off a steel pan.
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          • #6
            I've bought silicone cookware because it is supposed to be inert--and maybe it is--but I know the first time I made primal-friendly brownies in my silicone pan they stunk of plastic. I'm not sure if it was the red tint in the silicone or the silicone itself, but it was definitely not okay. I threw the brownies out along with the pan.

            I've never noticed any odor with the color-free silicone muffin cups I've used, but this "instant cancer" comment has me worried.

            @Shadgal: is there any chance you'd be comfortable contacting your friend to ask her husband about the specifics of his concerns?

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            • #7
              There are no odd questions, only total weirdos.

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              • #8
                Maybe I tried a lousy brand but the egg muffins I tried in them wouldn't even come out without breaking apart! Can't imagine actual cake batter. No opinion on toxicity.

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                • #9
                  Liss, sorry but I don't really see them anymore so not in a position to ask. Also remembered we were bought some silicon egg poachers and daughter refused to eat them because they 'tasted' of plastic, so haven't used them since. Maybe if you use the bakeware and like them, use them sparingly. Don't want to become totally paranoid.

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                  • #10
                    There are quality differences in silicone products, the best ones might be close to inert, but there certainly are products that are not and leave taste and who knows what else in the food. Maybe it's due to different manufacturing of the molded silicone parts.

                    Silicones are used in cosmetics products, are an approved food additive with code E900 and the chemistry seems simple and harmless. So the pure stuff seems innocuous but the molded parts go through quite a bit more processing.

                    My silicone spatula leaves no taste residues and certainly is better than the plastic one it replaced. For molds I'm not so sure, they are a bit heat-insulating and baking or cooling takes longer in them.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PatrickF View Post
                      There are quality differences in silicone products, the best ones might be close to inert, but there certainly are products that are not and leave taste and who knows what else in the food. Maybe it's due to different manufacturing of the molded silicone parts.

                      Silicones are used in cosmetics products, are an approved food additive with code E900 and the chemistry seems simple and harmless. So the pure stuff seems innocuous but the molded parts go through quite a bit more processing.

                      My silicone spatula leaves no taste residues and certainly is better than the plastic one it replaced. For molds I'm not so sure, they are a bit heat-insulating and baking or cooling takes longer in them.
                      I agree, our high quality silicone products work beautifully with no plastic smell whatsoever. It is like any other bake/cookware, you get what you pay for.
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                      • #12
                        Well, my round silicone "cake pan" is fabulous for making ice cream "cake" (out of coconut milk, of course). The whole thing freezes up, then pops right out, and I cover it with berries and chocolate. Beeeeautiful.

                        Oh, and no weird taste, but I don't heat it.

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                        • #13
                          I've read that if you bend a silicone pan and it turns white, it is not pure/has added random junk in it. If you can bend it and it does not change color, it is high quality. I'd love to read more science on it all. I do trust it more than teflon or aluminum though...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DarthFriendly View Post
                            There are no odd questions, only total weirdos.
                            Weirdness is dependent on your definition of normality <evil grin>

                            Personally, I can't bring myself to even pick up or touch silicon bakeware. I keep adding to my stoneware, bit by bit, and use the beaten up, old metal tins with some foil.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                              they say it's safe, but i'm waiting for a few decades to see how it affects the guinea pigs.
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