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Uses for silicone baking cups

By on June 28, 2012
silicone baking cups

Silicone baking cups are handy little containers. They can be used to hold assorted food, such as cut fruit, cheese, vegetables, pretzels, trail mix, a hard-boiled egg, sundae toppings, gelatin or dips for kids. Do you have any creative uses for them?
The first reader tip has a suggestion:

 

Silicone cupcake liners:

I used these to portion scoops of ice cream ahead of time for a party. It made serving the ice cream with the cake so much easier. A muffin tin would work, too, but I prefer the silicone cups because they’re colorful and reusable. — Kelly, Ohio

Soften hard bouillon:

Most people know that putting a slice of bread in with hardened sugar makes the sugar soft again. When my beef bouillon granules got a little sticky, I wondered if the bread would have the same softening effect. I tried it, and I ended up with a bottle of rock-hard bouillon and a chunk of rock-hard bread. So much for that experiment. Everything I read online said to throw the jar away and buy new bouillon, but I couldn’t let it go to waste. So I boiled some hot water, poured it into the container and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Eventually, I was able to cut the bouillon into chunks, and then I poured the entire thing (water and chunks) into a coffee mug, where I added more hot water and beat the bouillon some more. It worked! The bouillon was smooth again, and I poured it into an ice-cube tray to make gravy cubes for the future. Another save made by being extra persistent! — Sabrel, Indiana

Amazon coupons:

I didn’t even know Amazon had coupons, but I stumbled upon a couple of really good ones recently while I was looking for Yorkshire tea bags. I don’t buy a lot of food on Amazon because it’s more expensive than buying locally, but I have found that it’s worthwhile to check occasionally to see if my standard pantry items are on sale. While I was on the tea’s product page, I spotted a box labeled “Your Coupon Book — Save 20 percent with this coupon.” I also found a 25 percent off coupon for Splenda, making it cheaper than the generic version I buy at Kroger. You can find a link to all of Amazon’s coupons if you click on “Today’s Deals.” Most of Amazon’s coupons are the usual 50 cents or $1 off, but the coupons I found for tea bags and Splenda made them both really good deals, and since I have Amazon Prime, there was no shipping cost involved. — Donna, Louisiana

Ceramic pot use:

I had a spare ceramic planter and decided to use it to hold my toilet brush. It’s much prettier than the plastic brush holders, and it can be washed easily, too. — Diana, Illinois

Hidden litter box:

I have a seldom-used closet underneath the stairs. I installed a cat door on the closet door, and now the closet is where I hide our cat’s litter box. — Denise, Pennsylvania

Maintain hair color:

My hairdresser’s advice is to try not to over-wash your hair. Go as long as possible between washings. It is also imperative to wear hats when out in the sun. Nothing zaps your color faster than the hot sun! — Sabrel, Indiana

Donate to diaper bank:

I really second the idea from your column about donating diapers to a diaper bank. Our company did that during a charity campaign earlier this year. We collected diapers for all ages, from infant to adult. Many daycares will not take children who do not have disposable diapers, and since diapers are not normally provided to families in need, some have had to wash the disposables in order to have enough to use. If you cannot find a diaper bank, check with local food pantries. They can often identify families that could use them. — Saule, email

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One Comment

  1. Peggy

    11/1/2012 at 10:20 am

    Use those silicon cupcake liners to freeze food in. Then pop out the food and put in a ziplockbag in
    your freezer. I make big batches of steel cut oatmeal-it takes forever to cook-then I freeze it
    in 1 portion sizes. Works perfect. I live alone so I freeze alot of what I can’t eat right away.
    I don’t throw out food! This would be good for soups,casseroles and stews too.

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