Silicone Pan Lids

Missing a pan lid?  Or just don’t like the sound of them clanking in a locker or bin?

Thanks to Behan, aboard Totem, I now know about silicone pan lids!  They’re the perfect answer.  She has one large one that works with all their pans — it hangs over a bit on the smaller pans and just fits on their largest skillet.

Amazon sells several different brands, some in sets of three and some individually.  All that post specs say they are heat resistant to at least 450° F., some as high as 570° F. (nice if you need a lid for making No-Knead Bread). The largest that I find is 12-1/2″ in diameter and only comes as part of a set of three.  Silicone is also easy to wash — always important to me in evaluating a purchase.

Aboard Que Tal, pan lids seemed to be the hardest thing to quiet on passage.  The pans were never a problem — a few pieces of fleece or a dish towel and they were silent.  But the lids would always squirm out of the padding and start making noise again . . . usually about an hour after I’d fallen asleep!

Silicone lids solve the problem so nicely — not only are they quiet, but you can tuck them between the pans to keep them quiet as well.  Win-win!  Thanks, Behan!

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  • Waterwoman
    Posted at 16 January 2012 Reply

    Good idea! I often thought I would make sleeves for my pan lids out of old towels. One reason I didn’t is the toweling takes up room, these silicone lids look like another answer!


  • Candy Ann Williams on Facebook
    Posted at 16 January 2012 Reply

    Very cool!!!

  • Behan
    Posted at 21 February 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the nod, Carolyn! I do love our silicone lid and think it’s a great solution. We just have one size- a big one- and use it on all sizes of pots & pans on Totem.

  • Sailing with Totem on Facebook
    Posted at 14 June 2012 Reply

    Hey thanks Carolyn. This really works well for us!

  • Dave Skolnick (S/V Auspicious)
    Posted at 21 October 2013 Reply


    You say silicone is easy to clean. That hasn’t been my experience. I go through a lot of water and soap, especially after making bread in silicone loaf pans. What are you doing that I am not?


    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 21 October 2013 Reply

      Hi Dave!

      First thing is NOT to use any non-stick or other oil on the pan — that seems to be what causes problems. I generally only need to use the usual dish soap and water, but if something is oily and gets that gunk on the silicone, I find that Krud Kutter does a great job of getting it off, with Awesome a close second. Just spray, wait a minute, and it comes off with just my dish rag or sponge. Oh — don’t use any particularly scratchy scrubbies on silicone as you don’t want to scrath the surface up. Baking soda works well if you need something with a bit of grit (it won’t scratch like cleanser can).

  • peggy at ECY
    Posted at 10 July 2014 Reply

    I like my silicone lids that have the openings on the top… looks like petals on a flower. As something is considering boiling over, it goes through the petals and down back in the pot! I love them. You can get them on Amazon (through this website, of course)… the ones I have are made by Kuhn Rikon in red, 12″. They are soft enough to use as cushioning between pans or around our coffee press.

  • Monika Ludewig Bradley
    Posted at 09 October 2014 Reply

    I gave myself second – third degree burns with one of those. Pulling it off a pot of boiling water there is little to grab and the steam burned the skin off my thumb. (ER visit type of burn)

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 10 October 2014 Reply

      Ouch! I hadn’t heard of anyone having that type of problem, so thanks for telling.

    • Monika Ludewig Bradley
      Posted at 10 October 2014 Reply

      Maybe I am just a klutz but I will never use those lids again. I would strongly recommend anyone using them remove them from the pot ( if anything is steaming) using a pair of tongs.

  • Sailing with Totem
    Posted at 10 October 2014 Reply

    you know I’m a fan!

  • Jim Allen
    Posted at 11 October 2014 Reply

    Got them . they are excellent

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