Product Review: Ozera Silicone Cupcake Liners

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Sweet!

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free product from the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review.)

These silicone cupcake liners are one of the niftiest baking items I’ve tried in quite some time! Not only do they cut down on kitchen waste by eliminating the need for disposable paper cups – but they also just plain work better.

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After receiving a dozen liners from Ozera for review, I whipped up a batch of Whole Wheat Raisin Bran Muffins from Whole Grain Vegan Baking (Tami Noyes & Celine Steen, 2013). I wanted to do a little side-by-side comparison, so I divided the muffins evenly between old style paper baking cups and Ozera’s silicone cups. The bake time and quality was the same for all the muffins, but I found that those in the silicone cups came out of the liners much more easily, without a whole lot of crumbling around the edges, like you’re apt to see with paper cups. The end result was much tidier, without any wasted muffin crumbs.

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And because the silicone liner is less permeable than paper, you can rest your baked goods on paper napkins without leaving unsightly grease stains. Bonus points for being able to handle them without getting your hands dirty!

The silicone liners are also quite easy to clean: you can either hand wash them (not terribly difficult, considering how little residue is left behind) or simply pop them in the dishwasher. According to the manufacturer, these are dishwasher-, oven-, microwave-, and freezer-safe. (I haven’t yet, but I can’t wait to make a batch of vegan peanut butter cups with these bad girls. Google it!)

One set features three each of the following colors: green, yellow, blue, and pink, resulting in a rather good-looking and varied selection. The colors are deep and vibrant, something you can’t usually say about paper cups.

The only downside is retrieving them after a potluck or party; your friends won’t want to give them back!

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Ozera Ice Pop Molds: Product Review & A Strawberry Fruit Bar Recipe!

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Healthy popsicles at a fraction of the cost!

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an honest review.)

I make a ton of ice cream during the summer months – banana and soy-based, mostly – but haven’t spent a whole lot of time experimenting with popsicles. I think these “groovy” ice pop molds from Ozera might just be a game changer!

One set consists of six pop molds and a tray to keep them all upright. They molds are packed pretty tidily into the tray, so that it takes up minimal space in the freezer. (The tray measures about 5 ½” by 6”; I don’t know where the 7 x 5 x 8 inches in the product description comes from, since it’s not even an inch high.) While I’ve only had my molds for about a week, they seem sturdy and durable enough. The tops/handles fit snugly into the molds, and the molds in turn fit snugly into the tray. The set is dishwasher safe, but almost as easy to wash by hand.

The directions on the box are riddled with typos (I think the company is German, and the atrocious copy is due to comically poor translation), but the molds are easy enough to use: just fill with a popsicle mix (recipes not included), leaving ½” of space at the top. Freeze for four hours and then enjoy!

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