When a reader mentioned that my silicone baking mat might be filled with fiberglass, and that I probably shouldn’t be taking a knife (or pizza cutter) to it at my homemade crackers post, I got to thinking:
Where is that research that says the silicone products are safe? Or was I just going on other people’s comments that they hadn’t found anything wrong with it so they were going with it?
I set out to answer that question in this month’s post at Green Your Way:
With holiday baking coming up and gift season to boot, I’ve been thinking again about the safety of silicone bakeware. Silicone pans, baking mats, and cooking utensils are not only a huge trend in the common culture but also touted as a way to “bake green” since you can avoid throwing away aluminum foil or parchment paper if you use and reuse silicone baking mats. They make great gifts since they’re generally both cute and affordable. But is silicone really a safe choice for your health?
I’ve been using the baking mats for years under the pretense that silicone is safe, especially compared to the hazards of aluminum and the many safety issues surrounding Teflon.
It seems that a few times a year, I’m asked to explain my rationale for choosing silicone bakeware, and since I can never remember the answer, it’s time to officially revisit that issue: Is silicone bakeware safe? Can it leach into the food or offgas into the air?
As you prepare for holiday baking season and perhaps consider stocking stuffer ideas (my silicone baking mat was a Christmas gift years ago), you’ll want to read the rest.
Some Holiday Prep Notes
Next week’s Monday Mission is actually focusing a bit on planning for eco-friendly gift giving, but I wanted to share a few resources with you immediately because they’re so timely. One homemade gift idea and one recipe booklet for the holidays:
I’ve always said one of the things I love best about Renee is that she’s not afraid to share her secrets. As she did in the summer edition, Renee is once again sharing 5 recipes with 5 ingredients or less, plus videos and more:
- chocolate body mousse
- flavored lip balms
- chocolate peppermint lotion bars
- scented & shaped lotion bars
- beeswax candles (Renee sent me one of her candles in cinnamon, and I haven’t even lit it yet, but it makes the room smell amazing! My favorite scent, and with no worries about inhaling weird chemicals!)
Did that list make you hungry? Feed your dry skin, or make gifts for others this holiday season! The eBook is also free with a purchase of the DIY kit pictured above, so you’ll have almost all the ingredients you’ll need to finish the projects and wrap up some names on your Christmas list.
Fun note: When Smart Sweets comes out, there will be a bonus skin care chocolate recipe included, plus a great coupon for purchasers to get some Au Chocolat lotion for yourself! Woot!
Both books are for grain-free or GAPS dieters to make the holidays possible without compromise.
My thoughts: I’m totally impressed by both books. If you’re on GAPS or another low-carb or grain-free diet, the holidays have to be one of most challenging times. Check out the traditional recipes The Well Fed Homestead has adapted to be grain-free/GAPS legal for you in A Whole Food Holiday:
- Seed crackers (with pumpkin seeds! Nut-free and grain-free!)
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Slow Cooker Hot Wings
- Caesar Salad with Croutons!
- 2 Green Bean Casseroles
- Sausage Stuffing! (2 ways)
- Mock Mashed Potatoes (having this for dinner tonight- I’ll let you know how it goes on Facebook and Twitter.)
- Many ways to cook a turkey
- Pumpkin and Apple Pies
- Pound Cake
- Chocolate Banana Brownies
There are even four fun beverages included, menu plans and shopping lists. I think this would make a great book for anyone trying to have a healthy holiday, not just GAPS dieters. (What is the GAPS diet?)
My only caveat is that the price is quite high…
I promise I will let you know if any discount codes come up this month! UPDATE: I got one! Use “healthycelebrations” to get $10.50 off the book! Shop here.
The Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes includes a bunch of soup and sandwich recipes for that Thanksgiving turkey, even traditionally grainy things like dumplings, sandwich rolls, flatbread, and paninis.
Again, I’m impressed and will definitely be trying some of these grain-free bread recipes, but I wish the price was lower.
Don’t forget to go read the GYW article on the safety of silicone bakeware before you dive into holiday baking!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate of both MadeOn and Well Fed Homestead and will earn commission from anything you purchase starting here. However, I only affiliate for products I really believe in. I jut turned down an eBook program this week because the book was too expensive and didn’t share enough good information for you guys. See my full disclosure statement here.