Silicone is more and more popular, but is it safe?
Silicone is used more and more in kitchen and I hear a lot of time people asking if it is safe.
We all have though of:
Is it toxic for food?
What about melting in the food?
What if we eat some small piece without realizing it?
Can it melt?
If you take your hard silicone soup ladle, not worry for it to
melt by any form in your favorite creme. Nor for your pastry brush to melt while adding some sauce to your ribs on the BBQ.
The only danger that could happen is if you try to put it a long period in the oven while it is
set at over 500 °F (Which is very rare right?).
You can even put it into boiling water without any concern.
So do not worry for melted silicone in your food.
Is it toxic for food?
Silicone is a none toxic material.
Let’s start by telling you all that silicone is a natural element.
Well the one we use, to create cookware and things like soup ladle is man-made.
By bonding silicone with oxygen. And silicone really is a natural materials, present in all science class, right on the periodic table.
“[…] I’ve found state that silicone is inert, doesn’t react with food or liquids, and doesn’t offgas chemical fumes.”
“All descriptions I read of silicone rubber describe it as chemically inert and stable, so it is unlikely to react with or leach into food, nor outgas vapors.”
However, please understand that there is a difference between different kind of silicone and different quality of silicone. The one you cut on is not the same as some constructor put on wall to isolate from flames to avoid them going from a building to another.
Also note that other product are cover by silicone, and that you can always be aware of other materials in your cooking equipment too.
What if we eat some by accident?
I searches online what happen if we eat some by accident.
It looks like no one ever cut their spatula and ate it…
But there is always an “if”.
So, I searched “what happen if you eat the silica packets marked “do not eat””.
I found that they are in fact not harming anyone.
The only effect it would have is similar to eating some sand. Except that one job’s is to absorb moisture. So, it will be a little harder for your stomach and you might feel your mount very VERY dry.
According to Mike Yudizky, a recently retired paramedic and the public health educator at the North Texas Poison Control Center, “It’s nothing more than a type of sand. Despite the big-time warnings, it’s completely nontoxic.” Even if you were to eat a shoebox full of packets, the only result would be “an upset tummy. But the same would happen if you drank too much water.””
“Silica gel is nearly harmless, and that’s why you find it in food products. Silica, which is actually silicon dioxide (SiO2), is the same material found in quartz. The gel form contains millions of tiny pores that can adsorb and hold moisture — it’s essentially porous sand.”
I hope you are now feeling safer with the idea of taking silicone cooking equipment.
After all, they are safe and much easier to wash!