As an integral part of every kitchen, in households, restaurants, even coffee shops, kitchen utensils or utensil sets play a very important role. It is indispensable in preparing every type of meal. They are practical, space-saving, and it includes a unique range of kitchen tools that will make food and drink preparation a real pleasure. There are significant differences in the dimensions, materials and use. It differs in the purpose for which they are intended as well. Today there is a massive offer on a global market. The choice is left to the buyers to adapt to their requirements and needs. The prices of kitchen utensils are always adjusted to the quality of the product itself, so, the high quality means a higher price. An essential fact is that your kitchen utensils must be adapted to other dishes in which you prepare and cook your meals to avoid damaging other products. Since the materials used to make the kitchen utensils are diverse, this article will focus on nylon and silicone.
If we can compare nylon with stainless steel accessories, the big difference is the strength of the material. Nylon kitchen utensils are easy to crack, and if the nylon is of low quality, it will quickly melt at higher temperatures. This material is used to construct dishes such as kettles, spatulas, and spoons with multiple colours and configurations, and can sometimes be sold in kitchen set kits. If you buy kitchen utensils with low heat resistance, plastic can melt and contaminate your food, which can be very risky for your health. Not all nylon accessories have the same high-temperature resistance. When purchasing such a product, keep in mind that it must have high durability, which means that it can withstand at 400 ° F. This temperature represents the melting point for this material. If the packaging of such products does not show resistance data, it means that it is of poor quality and very low resistant. When you have a situation where your kitchen utensils are melted in some places or broken, it is essential to note that they must be thrown away because food scraps can get trapped inside those cracks, making it almost impossible to clean and wash. Over time, these food scraps will start to rot and thus affect the food you prepare. The great advantage of the kitchen utensils that are made of this material is that it is highly adhesive resistant, which means that it is ideal for cooking and baking and therefore can not damage pots and pans. Nylon accessories are thought to have a durable shell. If the price is essential to you, then it should be emphasized that nylon is the cheapest compare to the silicone. Nylon accessories can fight bacteria better than utensils made of any other material. The most popular kitchen accessory built from this material is the pancake turntable, in the opinion of many people.
Silicone is a flexible and robust material and as such, has proven to be great for making a wide range of different kitchen products. The most significant difference compared to nylon is that silicone has a higher resistance to heat, but the material itself is not as strong. Depending on the brand, silicone is heat-resistant up to about 600 ° F. Rarely can you hear or see that your kitchen utensils from this material may melt while preparing a meal. It is important to note that even metal blade manufacturers coat the blade itself with a thin silicone layer. Silicone is stain resistant and does not retain odours, nor does it keep the colour of certain foods. Silicone products are easy to maintain and clean. It is safe to use because bacteria and germs do not precipitate on silicone, as is the case with wooden utensils. It cannot damage cooking or baking pans. It cannot produce hazardous substances upon evaporation, as is the case with metal which can corrode. If we do a little analysis based on the opinions of people who use this material in their kitchens, we will find that there are no known health hazards associated with the use of utensils or silicone kitchenware. On the other hand, silicone can withstand low temperatures and is also suitable for use in the freezer. You can put silicone utensils directly from the freezer or refrigerator into the oven or microwave oven without the risk of physical damage to the utensil itself. The ability of silicone to conduct heat very slowly makes it an excellent material for making oven gloves, pads, or heat resistant handles. When depositing, you can save space by simply bending or crushing your silicone baking pans. Silicone is a non-sticky material and therefore, easy to clean since, after use, it is easy to remove food residue. Also, thanks to its flexibility, all food that is drawn into the baking pan (from which you would otherwise be very difficult to pull) are removed by simply twisting the pan itself.
Pros and cons of nylon:
- Stick-resistant and non-sticky properties
- Safe usage with all types of pots and pans
- Easy to clean because of its stick-resistant properties
- Strong shell
- Low price
- Does not contain bacteria
- Low heat resistance
- It can be broken easily
Pros and cons of silicone:
- The flexible and robust material
- High heat resistance
- Stain, odours and colour resistant
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Safe from bacteria and germs
- It can withstand low temperatures
- Easy to store
- Great flexibility is not good when combined with hot food
Both silicone and nylon have their advantages and disadvantages. Before you buy a particular kitchen accessory, get informed about the pros and cons of the specific material. Also, how you maintain (clean and sanitize) them is the most important. People generally don’t think about the consequences of putting everything in the kitchen in the dishwasher because it will save them some time. Many knives and other accessories can be damaged by machine washing. Manual washing is always recommended, whenever possible. You will save money if you prolong the longevity of your home kitchen utensils.