I own two sets and gave a third away as a gift. They are flexible, resilient, heat-tolerant to 500F, and easy to clean. Only thing they aren’t is parrot-proof.
I’ve got a set of 8 Anchor Hocking commercial-grade ramekins (which clueless people sometimes call “custard cups”), and use for the same purposes. Great for pre-measuring ingredients and prepping items. When I make poached eggs, I crack each egg into a separate ramekin, so I can quickly add them all to the pre-heated poaching cups, since the timing is critical. And unlike these little pieces of silicone, they don’t go flying around in the dishwasher.
I found a nice set of ramekins at a thrift shop, and use them for hte same chores.
Also, for holding individual servings of nice dense chocolate pudding.
I could see getting a set of these silicone cups for ingredient pouring.
Can they be microwaved?
We have a few of these around the house, and use them all the time. I think the most unusual thing I’ve done with them is make large I’ve cubes ro put in iced tea pitchers.
Can silicone be recycled?
Yes. They grind it up and redissolve it in various ways to make other stuff.
That is 260 'C, and that is quite above what’s needed for melting tin-lead solder and hot-melt adhesives. The silicone is chemically resistant enough to withstand most of common fluxes.
This adds to the possible uses.
I use them when I rehydrate dried mushrooms. Simply pop the mushrooms in a coffee mug, pour in boiling water then pop of these suckers on the top. to keep the mushrooms from floating. They hydrate much faster that way and much more evenly.
It looks like most of that could be done with individual silicone muffin cups, although the shape would have some disadvantages compared to the half sphere shaped bowls.
to measure the bulk powder supplements I take ( ACROSS THE BORDER )
Here on Amazon Germany they are 72 EUR (approx. 80 USD) for 4 items:
Now that’s cheap!
Pour contents of jar of olives, capers, etc., into bowl. Pinch and pour the liquid back in the jar.
I have a set, but I seldom get to use them in the kitchen - my daughter has reserved them as bath toys.
I have a set of 4 - and also a set of 12 silicone muffin cups. The muffin cups hold less, and have much thinner sides.
Of course, I use both to hold various board game pieces while we play board games, so my requirements might be a little different than most folks… both work great for varying tasks. They make putting the game away easy too, as you can pinch them to form a “spout” (as shown previously), for pouring pieces/chits back into their storage containers. Also, if they get dirty, they are easy to clean.
They most certainly can. I melt butter routinely in mine.
I gotta admit, I’m a tad disappointed. 14 comments in, not one person asked about the parrot.
That sort of thing is old hat around here pal.
There are very few items that are parrot-proof.
I used to have a nice collection of books that didn’t have beak bites.