Release agent

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Release agents should keep adjacent materials separable. Many release agents are also used as lubricants .

They are often used to prevent cast or molded parts from sticking to the mold during molding processes ( mold release agents ) or to prevent bulk goods or foodstuffs from sticking ( product release agents ) .


Food sector

Release agents in the food sector often contain waxes , wax esters or fats , so they are hydrophobic .

Emulsifiers can be included to improve the distribution of release agents and antioxidants .

The application of the release agent is called separating . In spray cans bottled mold release agent for baking are called cooking spray , release spray or baking spray sold.

Product release agent:

Mold release agent:

  • Butter , oil or margarine are used to grease baking tins to prevent cake batter from sticking
  • Flour prevents bread dough from sticking
  • Baking paper prevents food from sticking to baking and baking trays
  • Teflon prevents sticking and caking even at higher temperatures

See also


  • Hannelore Coordes: Mold release agents . In: Wissensforum Backwaren eV (Ed.): Information from the Wissensforum Backwaren . 3. Edition. No. 21 . Bonn, Vienna May 2009 ( [1] [PDF; 184 kB ]).