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Pampered Chef: Silicone products getting tacky

  1. KimoMakano

    KimoMakano Member Gold Member

    I have noticed that when my silicone cupcake molds and crown cake molds sit out without being used they develop a tackiness to them.

    I have scrubbed them thoroughly to the point where they lose it and sure enough, a while later it happens again.

    It gets to the point where I am hesitant to even touch them, because then I get this stickiness on my hands that is difficult to wash off.

    I know it isn't from the sprays because it is on both sides of the molds.

    Is there a special way these need to be stored?

    May 26, 2009
  2. PamperedDor

    PamperedDor Senior Member Gold Member

    Hmm I haven't experienced that - do you put them in the dishwasher? I do and am not sure if that makes a difference - I haven't used mine in a while - going to have to check now!
    May 26, 2009
  3. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    Oh! I thought you were going to say something else. The title of the thread threw me for a minute there! lol :D I was wondering what on earth might've happened, or if you had advance knowledge of a new product this fall.
    May 26, 2009
  4. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

    LOL....dirty birdy? :D
  5. cincychef

    cincychef Advanced Member

    I have the same thing happen with mine. The dishwasher seems to help but not get rid of it.
    May 26, 2009
  6. MLinAZ

    MLinAZ Member Gold Member

    Where do you store them? Are they near your stove and maybe picking up grease residue and dust?
    May 26, 2009
  7. Triciascucina

    Triciascucina Member

    It happens to mine too, i store them in a cupboard nowhere near any oils or heat.
    May 27, 2009
  8. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    I'd email the test kitchens about it and see if they are aware of it and if they recommend anything.
    May 27, 2009
  9. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

    Are you using spray oils on them?
    May 27, 2009
  10. lisasfuncooking

    lisasfuncooking Member

    I had the same stickiness. It was driving me crazy. Here is my trick. I had a Mr. Clean magic eraser and rubbed the top of the discolored stickiness and it all came off. After some time the magic eraser started falling apart, but my floral pan looked brand new. It did not get ruined.
  11. fun2cook2

    fun2cook2 Novice Member

    The same thing happened to mine and someone on this site suggested using baking soda. I did exactly that and it worked!:D

    Hope this is helpful!
    May 27, 2009
  12. ChefPaulaB

    ChefPaulaB Veteran Member

    I would think that the baking soda would be a safer bet than the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, I've heard those have some pretty harsh things in them (takes paint off a car!), so I don't know if it would eventually cause damage if you use it a lot... just a thought.
    May 27, 2009
  13. Crystal Patton

    Crystal Patton Advanced Member

    And you will be eating out of it too.
  14. shelly.nurse

    shelly.nurse Member

    The product use and care instructions to clean them with a paste of baking soda and water. I only use the kitchen spritzer (filled with pure oil, no emulsifiers or propellents) on mine, so that icky "Pam" residue is not on there. I also have found (with non-PC silicone), that although it IS dishwasher safe, a microscopic amount of the oil residue does not wash off in the dishwasher, and over time, it can build up and make the silicone "tacky". I also keep my PC silicone stored in its original box, that way it is not open to the air, so stuff can't settle on it.
    May 29, 2009
  15. KimoMakano

    KimoMakano Member Gold Member

    I have tried the baking soda trick and it worked, for a while.
    It seems that they just get that way after setting around for a while. I keep them in a spare room with a lot of other PC items so they are no where near the kitchen.
    I emailed the test kitchen and they are researching it.
    I will post their response.
    Jun 3, 2009
  16. zmom58

    zmom58 Member

    I second what Paula said. The magic eraser isn't really magic, it does have "basic" chemicals or properties (as opposed to "acidic" properties, ie..the pH scale) and be harmful to your skin, so it's probably not the thing to use on something you eat off of.
    Jun 6, 2009
  17. shelly.nurse

    shelly.nurse Member

    I saw a picture of a child with 2nd degree burns on his face because he was playing with a magic eraser. After seeing that, I use gloves when handling them, and would not let small children use them. I am assuming Mom was letting the kid wipe off crayon marks or whatever and was not supervising the clean up and he scrubbed himself with it (like all kids tend to do, at least mine did!!) I probably would not have thought a thing about them either, there are no warnings on the box!!

    I also would not use them on my PC stuff. I would not have a business without that stuff, so I am really careful with my demo products, especially the expensive silicone products offered by PC (I have the cupcake pan).
    Jun 10, 2009
  18. ivykeep

    ivykeep Advanced Member Gold Member

    I now have the same product with my scrapers. Ick.
    Jul 22, 2009
  19. pampered1224

    pampered1224 Legacy Member Silver Member

    Tips: NEVER USE PAM on them. NEVER use straight oil on them. Rubber or Silicone will wear with the use of oils. Silicone and rubber are both oil based products and break down with the use of oils. Pam is a silicone based spray and turns into hard silicone when baked. Use Bakers Secret or Pam with flour as they are 90% flour and attaches to the food rather than to the pan.
    If I am not mistaken the use and care card calls for spray with flour.
    See #2 below as well as note "*" below #6 below
    Use and Care [return to top]

    * Wash prior to first use; dishwasher, oven and freezer-safe. For best results, rinse prior to placing in dishwasher.
    * Pan is ideal for standard package cake mix (18-19.5 oz/ 510 - 520 g). Pan is not recommended for angel food cakes.li>

    1. Pre-heat oven to 325°F (170°C). Baking at 350°F (180°C) may cause overbrowning.
    2. For best results, spray pan with non-stick cooking spray with flour.
    3. Place pan directly on middle oven rack; sheet pan is not needed.
    4. Follow bake time for fluted tube pan. Cake is done when toothpick inserted comes out clean or cake springs back when gently touched.
    5. Remove from oven; place on cooling rack. Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
    6. Place inverted cooling rack on top of pan. Hold pan and rack together, flip over and set down. Slowly lift pan from cake. Allow cake to cool completely before decorating.

    * To prevent residue build-up from non-stick spray with flour, wipe rim prior to baking.
    * Do not use Silicone Pan under broiler or on direct heat source.
    * To deep clean, use a paste of baking soda and water.
    * Three-year guarantee for noncommercial use. Refer to sales receipt for details.
    Jul 22, 2009
  20. PCMomto4

    PCMomto4 Member

    I have had my cupcake pan since they came out and use it a lot and have used Pam and other things on it and don't have this problem. Maybe it was bad batch of them.
    Jul 22, 2009
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