Why Silicone Muffin Pans?
Simple to use, Easy to clean.
No more scrubbing metal muffin pans.
Just pop your muffins or delicious cupcakes out and wipe clean, or put in the dishwasher!
Silicone bakeware, especially those items that have met the LFGB and FDA standards, have become popular and have many benefits to make your baking more delightful. High quality food grade 100 percent non-toxic silicone is an easy clean and environmentally friendly material. It is safe to use in ovens and microwave ovens within a temperature range from -40 to 240 degrees centigrade. You can also store silicone products in the refrigerator and the freezer.
The nature of silicone will prevent baked goods from sticking to the pan and is very easily cleaned by hand or in the dishwasher. The non-stick easy release feature of the flexible silicone makes it ideal to use for baking and removing muffins, cookies, cakes, brownies or pastries. Silicone products are also heat, stain, discoloration and odor resistant.
Although you don’t have to use oil on a non-stick silicone cookware surface, it is recommended by some that you apply oil or oil spray, butter or shortening to the pan. After doing so, the baked goods will release easily. The non-stick element is not a coating and is impossible to flake off as happens with some cheaper bakeware. Silicone shares the same sanitary benefits as stainless steel, is lightweight, has a long life and is even recyclable.
Silicone outshines other materials by absorbing the shock of varying temperatures and excessive temperature change. Did you know that silicone was used to make the heat resistant tiles on space shuttles? If it worked for stopping spacecraft from burning up in our atmosphere, it is good enough for baking muffins!
Food Contact Test - LFGB vs FDA
In order to be marketed internationally, silicone bakeware must pass America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union's (EU) LFGB product testing standards.
The German food grade LFGB is well accepted and is the world's most stringent food grade testing standard. LFGB prohibits the manufacturing, marketing and treatment of commodities that come into contact with foodstuffs which endanger human health through transmission of toxic impurities or substances.
Under both the FDA and LFGB standards, the number of tests that the products go through is the same, but the LFGB standard tests are more intensive.
Silicone is a man-made compound with rubber-like characteristics that is used in a variety of applications including nonstick bakeware and baking mats. Because these products come in contact with food, countries around the world have standards by which silicone bakeware and kitchen tools are tested to determine whether or not they're safe.
In the US, the FDA considers silicone to be a "food-safe" substance and includes several silicone preparations in its list of materials "generally recognized as safe."
When testing bakeware and other food contact items, FDA guidelines specify that the amount of silicone in a product should be in accordance with the purpose for which the finished product will be used.
The silicone material must not impart any of its own characteristics on the finished food. Products are also tested to determine how much of the silicone substance is transferred to food during general use. If these "extractives" exceed a given amount, the product is not deemed safe for use.
In Germany, a stricter standard known as the LFGB is used. These standards specify that silicone bakeware cannot transfer any smell, taste or volatile organic compounds to food during routine use.
Samples must be provided to test for these substances as well as for the presence of heavy metals before certification is issued, something not included in the FDA standards.