Silicone Muffin Pans – a kitchen staple – but not for baking!

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SILICONE MUFFIN PANS FOR THE FREEZER

When I prepare a fresh herb sauce, I make a large portion and freeze the extra in a silicon muffin pan. Then I pop the frozen “muffins” out of the pan and place them into a plastic freezer bag.

What a lifesaver it is to reach into the freezer, pull out a fresh herb sauce, and pair it with any baked, steamed, or broiled main dish! By the way, defrosted fresh herb sauces made with the ingredients given in the post, How to Create Fabulous Fresh Herb Sauces or Pestos, will look and taste just like fresh after you defrost them!

Note: And if you don’t have any silicone muffin pans, you can use an ice cube tray. By the way, there is a lot you can do with an ice cube tray in addition to freezing herb sauces! Just take a look at this list!

100% FDA-APPROVED FOOD GRADE SILICONE IS 100% SAFE

As far as I can tell, freezing foods in silicone bake ware — that’s made of 100% FDA-approved food grade silicone — is perfectly safe. Health Canada approves of silicone for cooking.

WATCH OUT FOR PLASTIC LURKING IN SILICONE PANS!

Not all silicone muffin pans are made of 100% food-grade silicone. Some contain plastic fillers. The good news is that you can generally tell if the product is 100% silicone – just by doing the “twist test,” as recommended by Marion Burros of the New York Times.

WHAT CUP SIZE?

I use the 6-cup size (not the 12- or 24-cup size) because it’s easier to keep the contents from spilling when moving a smaller pan and also it’s also easier to find enough room in my freezer to lay the pan flat.

WHICH BRANDS OF SILICONE MUFFIN PANS DO I LIKE?

The 100% food-grade silicone muffin pan that I plan to order is: HIC-Brands-that-Cook-Essentials. Note: As some of the reviewers have mentioned, this pan is thicker and less flexible than muffin pans that are not 100% silicone, which could make removing frozen fresh herb sauce muffins a bit challenging. But if you let the pan sit for a minute or two so it can defrost a tiny bit, it will be much easier.

By the way, back before the HIC-Brands product was available, I was using the Silicone Solutions muffin pan (which you see in the photo above) because I was told by the company’s chemist that this product was 100% food-grade silicone. However, today the Silicone Muffin pan description on Amazon does not say that it is 100% food-grade silicone. So I am not recommending the Silicone Solutions muffin pans at this time. (I plan to call the company and talk with them again to find out more. I’ll let you know what I find out.)

GIFT IDEA!

As my friend Debra suggested, you could make a great present for someone by filling a 6-cup silicone muffin pans with six different fresh herb sauces, freezing it, and then giving it as a gift! I love the idea and plan to do this myself one of these days!

A PARTY IDEA!

Why not get a group of six friends together and make six different fresh herb sauces! Then let everyone fill their 6-cup silicone muffin pan up with the six different sauces! It might be a little tricky to cart the filled muffin pan home, but with a little ingenuity, I’m sure it can be done!

Hope you have fun in the kitchen!

Enjoy and be healthy!

~Leni

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