I use a variety of traditional natural materials in my kitchen, but I’ve found silicone to be great for certain items. What silicone kitchen products would you recommend?
I think silicone is particularly well suited for the following:
Cutting boards. Nice and easy on knife edges, easy to wash, dishwasher safe, can be sterilized in the microwave oven, nonslip, lots of colors so you can color-code your cutting boards, can also be used as high-temperature trivets.
Silicone brushes. With other kinds of brushes, I always wonder whether they are really clean, especially where the bristles go into the handle. I don’t worry about it with silicone.
Silicone turners. I hate the partially melted, browned, pitted edges that seem to be inevitable with plastic turners. Not a problem with silicone.
Silicone oven mitts. Not only do they work great, but they are also easy to wash – even in the dishwasher. You can also use them to hold or pick up hot food directly with your hands. (This feature seems to be particularly appreciated by people who like to barbecue or smoke big pieces of meat.)