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Old 02-21-2013, 04:59 AM
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Silicon bakeware

Not sure if this has been covered, but i was wondering is it ok to use the silicon bakeware. I have binned all the nonstick items we have and if we have to bake we normally use pyrex, but i was wondering is the silicon bakeware ok, ie like the cupcake holders ect. Or does it contain the ptfe chemical.

We have a b and g arriving in a couple of weeks and i just absoloutly want to make sure the house is safe as its open plan the birds are in the lounge room which is also the kitchen.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Re: Silicon bakeware

To my knowledge, silicone is fine to use around birds.
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Re: Silicon bakeware

If the silicone bakeware is PTFE free, then yes, it's safe.

Contact the manufacturer to find out, as *SOME* silicone bakeware does have a PTFE coating.


Just because an item is non-stick does not mean it contains PTFE. There are some non-stick cookware out there that are safe to use. Likewise, anything that heats up may be a danger... toasters, toaster ovens, ovens, hair dryers, clothes dryer coil, coffee pots, grills/griddles, etc.
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Re: Silicon bakeware

Yeh its a fine line i am finding checking everything. Stonedine are ptfe free so i have found. But to be honest ill just go stainless for everything possible, the last thing i want to do is kill my baby.

Thankyou for the advice on the silicon bakeware tho, ill check to see if it has the chemical in it.

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Re: Silicon bakeware

Best of luck in your research!


And of course, it doesn't hurt to err on the side of caution!
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Re: Silicon bakeware

I find a lot of companies have something about being bird safe in their Q&A on their websites. But I've found most silicon and ceramic cookware is safe. And I LOVE my ceramic pan
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Re: Silicon bakeware

Hi,
I did much research before making a purchase of a convection toaster oven... almost all seem to have non-stick components. The Cuisinart Convection toaster oven has silicone lining. I've been using it over six months without incident to my birds- a Macaw, Cockatoo, and Cockatiel.

In my research, I found that there is a product called Xylan-s, it is silicone easy release coating. It sells right next to other non-stick coatings with other product names, but they all contain PTFE.

While it is true that PFOA is to be discontinued by end of 2014, PTFE will still be around, and it is the problem.

There is also a bit of info concerning Durastone II, I spoke with customer service of the oven maker, and they said that it is the original Durastone that was toxic... PTFE was encapsulated into the ceramic during the enamel process. This is not supposed to be the case in Durastone II.
It is again, PTFE free according to the manufacturer.

Hope this helps save some time for other concerned bird keepers.
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Re: Silicon bakeware

I think if you have any products that are in doubt, use them only with the hood fan on in your kitchen that directs the exhaust outside the room. Any new pot or pan with a non-stick coating usually comes with instructions stating not to use it on a setting any higher than medium. The danger with those types of cookware is when you use them on high heat. I am not saying they are safe, just that you can use them if you take necessary precautions by having proper ventilation.
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