Silicone baking mats make a lot of sense when you’re trying to live a clean, green, simple lifestyle. They keep food from directly contacting potentially unhealthy non-stick and metal surfaces, they eliminate the need for oils and non-stick sprays, they’re eco-friendly compared to single-use parchment paper and depending on what you’re cooking on them, silicone baking mats can improve your baking results.
Silicone Baking Mat?
Silicone baking mats are flexible, nonstick mats made out of fiberglass and food grade silicone. They’re reusable, which is a big plus for those looking to lessen their environmental impact. Also, because Silicone baking mats are nonstick, you won’t need to grease them or otherwise prep them before use. And when we say nonstick, we really mean it. Baked-on cheese and hardened candy can easily be wiped off which makes them great for gooey products and candy making.
Silicone baking mats are slightly sticky, so they stay in place on the baking tray once you set them down. They are a bit more costly than parchment paper in the short-term, as you may need to buy several sizes so that they fit into pans exactly. Depending on the brand, you can find silicone baking mats from $10 – $30 dollars each.
Are Silicone Baking Mats Dishwasher Safe?
These baking mats are dishwasher safe, but there are differing opinions about whether or not that’s the best way to clean them. The dishwasher is an effective method, but make sure you use a gentle detergent. Some detergents and pods include bleach which is too corrosive and will accelerate the deterioration of the silicone. We recommend Cascade’s Free & Clear ($20.99 for 16, target.com), which is formulated without bleach, perfumes, and dyes.
How to clean your silicone mats
Clearning your silicone mat in the Dishwasher
This is my personal favorite method because it requires practically no effort on my part – and I’m all about less effort.
- Loosely roll up your silicone mat and place it on the top rack.
- Fill the dishwasher with the rest of your usual dirty dishes and run a normal cycle.
That’s it. They should come out considerably less oily, if not completely oil free.
Cleaning your silicone mat with lemon juice and baking soda
- Lay your silicone mat flat in the sink. I like to place it on top of a baking sheet because it will help contain your cleaning mixture and help clean around the border.
- Combine the juice of half a lemon and as much baking soda as you need to form a paste. It’s going to bubble and fizzle a bit, and that’s a good thing!
- Wearing rubber gloves, rub the paste all over the mat to cover it. Let sit for 20 minutes.
- With the rubber glove or a sponge, give it a good scrub (concentrating on the more stubbly stained areas). Rinse with hot water, then repeat with the other side if needed.
- Let dry on a drying rack or pat dry with a towel.
Article reference:The 5 Best Silicone Baking Mats of 2021