Silicone Moulds

Silicone Moulds

Food grade silicone moulds are becoming popular among those who love handcrafting and home-baking, be it cavity moulds or loaf moulds. Here's why:-

BENEFITS OF USING FOOD GRADE SILICONE MOULDS

  • Non-toxic, suitable for use in food preparation
  • Non-stick, no need to line with baking paper and easy to clean
  • Soft and flexible, easy to release (unmould)
  • Able to withstand wide range of temperature from -40 degree Celsius to 230 degree Celsius
  • Microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, oven-safe, freezer-safe; as long as within the temperature range
  • Available in various shapes and sizes
  • Wide range of uses, can be used to make:-
    • all sorts of baked food
    • chocolate
    • pudding
    • jelly
    • ice
    • resin
    • candle
    • soap
    • body butter
    • etc.

MAINTAINING SILICONE MOULDS


  • CLEAN BEFORE USE. Silicone material attracts dust easily due to static electricity therefore it is wise to clean the mould thoroughly before each use. Make sure the moulds are completely dry then store them when not in use.
  • CLEAN IMMEDIATELY AFTER USE. Make it a habit to clean the mould each time after use to prevent the silicone mould from absorbing the residues of whatever you've used on it. Do not leave the mould soaked in water for long period of time (like days). The waterproof quality of silicone mould is superb and made it non-stick but certain chemicals may corrode the surface of the mould over time. If you have problem cleaning the residues, hot soapy water helps.
  • STORAGE. Store silicone moulds in a cool and dry place such as in a drawer or cupboard. Make sure they are dry before storing away.
Silicone moulds are easy to maintain (just clean it every time before and after use). Average lifespan of a silicone mould is about 1 year (more or less depending on your usage). When properly maintained however, a silicone mould can last for many years. Here's some tips:-
  • DON'T GO BEYOND THE TEMPERATURES. While silicone mould is able to withstand freezing cold to burning hot temperature, avoid exposing the mould directly to fire (not suitable for use on gas stove/ electric burner/ BBQ grill)
  • AVOID EXTREME TEMPERATURE CHANGE. Tempering the mould (such as transferring the mould from freezer into hot oven; or washing a hot mould with cold water) will exhausts the mould causing it to deteriorate faster (usually starting with the loss of non-stick ability and the elasticity). Avoiding extreme temperature change can prolong the lifespan of the mould.
  • NO SHARP OBJECT. Silicone mould is flexible and durable but NOT impenetrable. To prevent damage to the mould, avoid scratching the mould with sharp object such as skewer or knife (unless you intended to poke a hole or cut the mould) and do not scrub with a metal scouring pad when washing. If you have problem cleaning the residues, hot soapy water helps.
  • LEAVE NO EMPTY HOLE. When using cavity mould in an oven, make sure all cavities are filled. If there are empty ones, fill them with water (half-full).