Silicone baking mats do everything parchment paper does and more. Silicone mats have an ultra-smooth surface that gives cookies more spread, makes breads brown better on the bottom and causes candy to set faster than on on parchment paper and nonstick metal. The difference lies the center of the mat. The center of a silicone mat contains a fiberglass grid that doesn`t retain heat like metal does, so baked goods cook on the bottom at the same rate as they do on the top. You can use silicone mats over 3,000 times with proper care and cleaning.
To use a silicon baking mat, it`s very simple. First, you`ll want to rinse the silicone mat with cool water and dry it with a paper towel. Heat the oven and place the baking mat on a single-layer baking sheet. If your silicone mat has writing or a logo on it, position it with the writing facing up.
Next, Add the pastry dough, batter or item for baking on the mat, allowing about 1/4 inch more space on all sides than you do when baking on parchment. For example, if you normally space cookie-dough portions 1/2 inch apart, space them 3/4 inch apart to accommodate for the extra spread.
After that, place the baking sheet on the center oven rack and bake according to the recipe. Take the pan out of the oven and set it on a wire baking rack. Let the baked good cool for a few minutes then transfer it to another baking rack to finish cooling.
Finally, hand wash the mat with soap and water and wipe with a soft sponge. Dry the mat with a paper towel and lay it flat to store. You can also roll the mat into a tube and secure it with a rubber band.
**Please note, Don`t use silicone to broil, grill or cook on the stove or above 480 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, Don`t fold or sharply bend silicone baking mats.
I checked out the Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat With Measurements to see how well it measured up. Besides the usual use (baking and roasting) the mat has shown to be handy if you`re drizzling a glaze over some donuts, opening up some dough and some other unexpected uses such as for arts and crafts and play dough! I love that this mat is a reusable substitute for parchment paper which means you can save quite a bit money in the long run if you bake often. I also like that you don`t need to use oil or spray when you use this mat. Sometimes I sprinkle flour on the mat if I`m baking bread or something of a bread substance. Just place the food on the mat over a tray, and pop it in the oven.
The mat doesn`t add any flavoring to your food either like some baking products may do. I`m in love with the mat. Easy to clean + easy to store = my kind of product! I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.