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Joseph Reeves
(Umnak)

Locale: Southeast Alaska
Cooking with Silicon on 05/07/2009 23:50:40 MDT Print View

I was looking at a 1 qt silicon bowl that claims to withstand 495 degree heat and wonder if anyone has used any of these for cooking -- either adding boiling water to whatever one would put in the bowl, or have it sit inside a pot with some water to avoid melting.

Dan Cunningham
(mn-backpacker)

Locale: Land of 12,000 Loons
Re: Cooking with Silicon on 05/08/2009 06:34:49 MDT Print View

I've used silicone muffin cups to do steam baking in my 1L cook pot. Worked like a charm.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Cooking with Silicon on 05/08/2009 08:35:40 MDT Print View

Silicone pans are designed to take the heat! They work well to add water to (making dehydrated or FBC style meals this way) and to use in steaming.

Only warning - don't use directly over flame without a buffer - a pot and some water.

My favorite? Wilton Silly Feet cupcake liners. Love them for steaming!

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Silicone on 05/08/2009 09:10:19 MDT Print View

I use silicone for baking all the time both on and off the trail. I like the silpat for oven use at home and the cupcake holders for baking muffins and other dishes on the trail.

Boiling water is much lower temperature-wise than baking temperatures and most baking never exceeds 450°F unless you want to have burnt offerings.

Joseph Reeves
(Umnak)

Locale: Southeast Alaska
re: Cooking with Silicone on 05/08/2009 16:26:56 MDT Print View

Thanks for your feedback on silicone for cooking. Think we will pick up a qt container for polenta in the pot.

Paul Gibson
(pgibson) - F

Locale: SW Idaho
Just tried steam baking in my JetBoil on 05/11/2009 12:28:41 MDT Print View

I got a set of these

http://www.wilton.com/store/images/site_images/415-9451_m.jpg

last week and tried them out steam baking this weekend. I used a Just add water muffin mix and put one cup at a time in the bottom of my jetboil. I worked great! And made some very moist muffins. They are very light and I figure I will add them to my pack for some fresh muffins or cake on the trail for most trips. The biggest trick was keeping the heat low enough to not boil over the muffin cup. I still need to figure out just how much water to add :) Sarah's Youtube vid on steam baking was very helpful, so thanks for the info Sarah!

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Just tried steam baking in my JetBoil on 05/11/2009 13:21:05 MDT Print View

Hahhah! I like yours better, Paul ;-) Little piggy bottoms. How appropriate for hungry hikers!

On the water I don't add a lot - on the Silly Feet I just cover the feet.

Paul Gibson
(pgibson) - F

Locale: SW Idaho
LOL on 05/11/2009 14:31:44 MDT Print View

Sarah, my 5 yr old was sure I was going to make him all of those little muffins all decorated just like on the box, he was still happy with a tri berry muffin though. :) Yummy.

Paul Gibson
(pgibson) - F

Locale: SW Idaho
Cooked some muffins last night in camp on 05/14/2009 16:07:39 MDT Print View

Muffins

Hit the spot after a hard day, and only took a few minutes per batch.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Looks awesome! on 05/14/2009 16:13:03 MDT Print View

Good job - those look great :-D

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
hmmm on 05/14/2009 17:23:36 MDT Print View

I've been pondering this one for a while, especially when sarah found those silly feet cupcake molds... my question is...

can you do this with an alcy stove? can i have the best of both worlds? light weight, and eat my cake too? :)

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: hmmm on 05/14/2009 17:45:14 MDT Print View

Alcohol stove baking? Of course...

If you can boil water, you can "bake".

Being able to simmer will conserve fuel over a 15 minute burn, so that might be the only consideration.

A foil muffin tin with a 1/4" hole in the top works just fine, and can ride on the stove for packing.

We do cupcakes and 'big cakes' too.

Edited by greg23 on 05/14/2009 17:50:44 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: hmmm on 05/14/2009 20:31:54 MDT Print View

Yep! The silicone liners are rated from 450* to 600*, depending on brand/style. The box will say what though. Anyhow, that works with both canister and alchy stoves. Just be sure to have water in your pot :-)

As I do more versions I have compiled all the notes, photos, etc here:
http://www.trailcooking.com/thefauxbaker