Saying bye to another paper product

December 27th, 2007


When I started my green efforts in 2007, I stopped buying disposable plates and  cups. I also reduced my use of paper towels and office paper. However, I was still using paper baking cups. Two of my small goals for 2008 are to stop using paper napkins (more on that later) and paper baking cups.

When I learned about silicone baking cups on Tree Hugging Family a few weeks ago, I put those babies on my Christmas list. I could not help taking a photo of my new toys in their first bath. Aren’t they pretty?

To my surprise, silicone baking cups are available in most stores, including some grocery stores. Most non-stick silicone baking cups on the market are indeed dishwasher safe and don’t require the use of a muffin pan. Also, when you have reusable baking cups on hand, you never have to worry about running out of paper cups. The brands that I received, Silicone Zone and KitchenAid, are oven and microwave safe.

No, I haven’t had time to bake in them yet, but I will give you my reviews as soon as I do. What about you? Have you tried silicone baking cups? What brand did you like?

7 Responses to “Saying bye to another paper product”

  1. Jennifer on December 27, 2007 6:38 pm

    Nice! I’m so glad you got some. And yes, they do look pretty in the bubbles. Marye will be thrilled her idea made a difference. I’ll have to let her know.

  2. marye on December 27, 2007 6:43 pm

    I love them! I have been using them exclusively for over a year and they are holding up very well. The thing you really have to watch is that the muffins will slip out of the cups and fly across the room if you aren’t careful
    I also use silicon baking sheets over the cookie sheets for cookies and things and they work great as well.

  3. chocmoon on December 27, 2007 10:54 pm

    Thanks Jennifer and Marye!

    Marye, do you use Wilton brand — the “flying muffin” kind? ; )

    I have not considered silicone baking sheets. Do they allow you to forgo the cooking spray?

  4. Virginia Lee on December 28, 2007 10:27 am

    Those look really cool – I had no idea such things existed.

    I’ve seen sil pats (the baking sheets) used both with and without cooking spray. In theory you shouldn’t need any, but some people use the spray to help get things browned.

  5. Sonya on December 28, 2007 4:17 pm

    Oh, very pretty indeed! I’ve never heard of individual silicone baking cups. I love my silicone utensils, like spatulas and tongs and spoons, but haven’t ventured into bakeware yet. I’m going to have to check this out — I’ve been using recycled paper baking cups and still feeling slightly guilty about it.

  6. chocmoon on December 28, 2007 6:33 pm

    It’s good to see you Virginia. I also had no idea they existed until Marye told me about them in comments at THF.

    Sonya, thanks for visiting! This is also my first venture into silicone bakeware. I didn’t really have a need to buy any before other than a silicone spatula.

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