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Silicone Cookware : safe or not?

Posted Jul 13 2012 8:57am
As you all know, we recently moved into our first home. I must say that I am quite happy :)

We pretty much had everything that we needed to go about our regular daily lives. One day I wanted to make some muffins from that oh so awesome cookbook I purchased not too long ago, The Looneyspoons Collection , when I realized my muffin pan would only cook 6 muffins at a time. What!! What am I supposed to do with a 6-muffin pan? I need a new pan.

So this got me thinking... Do I buy a tradition aliminum muffin pan? Or do I buy one of those cute colorful silicone pans? But are the silicone pans safe?

I did some research on this subject and I thought I would share my results with you because if I'm asking myself this question, perhaps you are too!

What is silicone made of?
Silicone is a synthetic rubber which contains bonded silicone (a natural element which is very abundant in sand and rock) and oxygen. So far so good. Nothing harmful yet!

But is it safe to cook in?
According to Health Canada and the FSDA, there are no known health hazards associated with the use of silicone cookware. Silicone rubber does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes. And it is flameproof up to 450F.

Research confirms that cooking with silicone cookware is safe. Watch out Stokes, here I come!! Oh the wonderful colors :)

How safe are silicone baking sets?  - source :

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