Let’s Talk About Silicone

Silicone, silicone, silicone. It’s everywhere, from cupcake pans to spatulas, but where does it really make a difference? The main reason silicone is used in the kitchen is that it is heat resistant. The good news is that having  flexible baking pans and cooking spoons means no more wasted, stuck brownies or melted spatulas, but silicone has so much more potential than that!

To my delight, (my boyfriend just burned his hands making quesadillas yesterday) the material is now being used for cooking gloves.My favorite gloves come from Love This Kitchen’s amazon shop. It has been featured on the blogs of ABC, NBC,FOX and CBS.

“Love This Kitchen specializes in stylish,modern cookware. This brand is dedicated to the development of high-quality cookware that is pretty while remaining practical for everyday use, made using the best materials and latest technology available today.”

  • Ultra-flexible, premium FDA approved silicone. Yes, yes, you can BEND your hands.
  • Nonstick surface is 100% waterproof, stain-free & dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. They won’t mold, mildew or harbor bacteria like cloth gloves.
  • Heat-resistant up to 442 degrees F
  • Come in an attractive box & they ship fast – direct from Amazon’s warehouses all across the country. 
  • They’re cute. I don’t need to explain that one. I just like the way they look, both on my hands and on my counter top. They make perfect gifts.
  • They come in different sizes and 4 colors.


To purchase them (or read the full details,) click here. 

While the women’s gloves may be the main event for me, there are also:

Men’s BBQ Gloves, Love This Kitchen Grillmaster Professional Series. (Which my boyfriend should have used while making quesadillas)

These have the same basic properties as the women’s gloves, but they are also longer on the wrists to protect your forearms too. Get them here

Premium Multipurpose Silicone Tool

Aka: a thick, flexible potholder that also works as a

  • spoon rest
  • trivet
  • large coaster
  • jar opener

They have similar properties as the gloves, so they are super heat resistant  and  will protect your hands and tabletops. Get them here.


Taking care of non-stick cookware

Different items of kitchen cookware need different kinds of care to guarantee a long life. Non-stick cookware makes kitchen work much easier but it also need more attention and care during cleaning and use. This article will give some basic tips to keep non-stick pans as good as new.


Make a mixture with equal parts of water and baking soda. Use this to scrub the pan. Do not use metallic brushes or sponges. Use soft sponges or brushes to clean the pan. Cleaning a non-stick pan in the dishwasher will reduce its lifespan. The stronger dishwasher detergent combined with the high heat of the water used will start eroding the non-stick layer on the pan.

Cooking sprays will create a film of residue on the surface of the pan that will cause food to cook unevenly and inefficiently. If cooking sprays are used regularly, consider a baking powder mixture to clean the pan more often as water and soap alone cannot remove the residue. Oil misters can be purchased that can spray any preferable oil onto the surface of the pan. They will not have the additives like soy lecithin that cooking sprays have which causes the residue.

Non-stick pans should never have contact with metal utensils like spatulas. Metal will erode the surface and may even mix the flaked-off coating into the food, which can be harmful to health. Always use wood or plastic utensils to keep the non-stick layer whole.

Non-stick pan coatings will erode over time. Very few nonstick pans last over five years. To make sure the coating lasts as long as possible you need to season the pan twice a year. Seasoning is done by adding a thin layer of neutral oil like vegetable oil to the pan and then by putting it in a oven preheated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. This process will fill in the bits of the non-stick layer that have eroded while it was being used and ultimately extend the lifespan of your pan. Rub in some vegetable oil to visible pits on the pan’s surface more regularly to keep the pan seasoned all the time. The pan does not need to be put in the oven during this process.

Be aware of the average lifespan of a pan by checking online reviews or by asking a sales associate. Try not to use the pan for too long after this period of time as the non-stick layer may start coming off and mixing with your food. It may also be possible to find higher quality cookware that lasts a bit longer than five years. No matter the age of the pan, if pitting or peeling of the surface layer is visible, stop use immediately.

Following these tips will ensure that non-stick cookware lasts longer and cooking on it continues to be easy and useful year after year.