You generally use silicone bakeware in the same way that you use glass or metal bakeware. For best results, place silicone bakeware on a baking sheet to support the pan and prevent spillage. It is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for maximum heat rating. You should not use metal utensils, knives and other sharp objects with silicone bakeware, as it may cause damage.
Silicone bakeware has many benefits. Generally, silicone bakeware does not require greasing or oiling. It is important to refer to the pan's specific instructions, as certain manufacturers suggest using nonstick cooking spray. Silicone bakeware heats evenly, preventing the bottom and edges of baked goods from overcooking. Flexible silicone bakeware allows you to peel the pan away, making removal of baked goods easy. Silicone bakeware also cleans up easily. Some brands are dishwasher safe, while others recommend hand washing in hot, soapy water. Silicone bakeware is lightweight and retains its shape, making storage simple. It is safe for use in the freezer, refrigerator, microwave and oven.
Silicone is a material similar to rubber. It begins as a very fine-grain sand and is heated and processed to become the silicone-base material. Silicone bakeware is made of FDA-approved food-grade silicone.