24 September 2009

product placement: be a better baker

It's officially fall and for me, that means baking season is on. In the interest of getting your goodies as green as they can get, here are a few eco-friendly suggestions that will serve you well in the kitchen time and time again.

  • Cupcake lovers get an easy break on the paper issue: for the vast majority, cupcake liners are recyclable and biodegradable. However, if you're looking to really raise the enviro-bar in your kitchen, you have some good options: Beyond Gourmet makes paper liners that are totally free of bleach and chlorine, while Wilton offers its EasyFlex silicone baking cups in a wide range of shapes, colors, and sizes.

  • Though recycled paper towels are a great option for cleaning up messes, you can go one step farther with actual cloth towels. My favorite are Skoy cloths, which are colorful, machine-washable, quick-to-dry (to prevent mold/germs), and, once totally spent, 100% biodegradable.

  • If your old wooden mixing spoons are showing the splintered signs of wear and tear, opt for bamboo when you replace them! Sustainable, biodegradable, and incredibly quick growing, I cannot say enough good stuff about this favored panda food.

  • You'll save more than parchment paper with a silicone baking mat - this one from Silpat doesn't even need scrubbing, so you'll cut down on your soap and water consumption as well! Just give it a wipe and you're good to go.
Happy baking!
*Images via thekitchn.com

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