Silicone baking mats provide a helpful non-stick surface for baking, and they’re an eco-friendly replacement for parchment paper. Silicone baking mats are ideal for even browning of cookies. The TSP Silicone Baking Mat is designed to be cut to fit any pan/cookie sheet you desire. The silicone is heat-safe to 480 degrees Fahrenheit and is infused with a glass weave for even heat conduction.
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.
With silicone baking mats, you must be careful what types of utensils you use on top of them. Sharp tools such as knives and pizza cutters can slice through the top layer exposing the fiberglass inside. Silicone baking mats can be used at oven temperatures up to 480°F, but should not be used under the broiler or directly on the oven surface. Depending on use and care, a silicone baking mat can be used for at least a year before they need to be replaced.
Can you cut silicone baking mats to size?
Don’t use knives or other sharp objects on the baking mat. Also, don’t cut it. Tempting as it might be, do not try to cut a larger mat to fit your toaster oven pan. Most silicone baking mats have a fiberglass mesh sandwiched between the layers of silicone.
Beside above, can you trim a silicone mat? Some silicone mats are made for cutting to fit pans. Some or not made for cutting and the instructions explicitly say not to cut. The ones not to cut are the ones with woven fiberglass in the silicone. You wouldn’t want fine, fiberglass fibers getting into your food, onto your kitchen surfaces, into the air…
One may also ask, can a silicone baking mats be cut?
Do not cut the silicone baking mats as the fiberglass mesh particles might migrate into the food.
Are all silicone mats oven safe?
Silicone bakeware is tolerant of both heat and cold, and can be used in the oven at temperatures up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit. It can go directly from the oven to the freezer, is microwave safe, and easy to clean.
What to Consider When Buying a Silicone Baking Mat
Most folks are looking for a nonstick surface that will slide right into their baking sheets, eliminating the need for oil, butter, cooking spray, parchment paper, or aluminum foil. Even the stickiest, gooiest deserts will lift with ease when you’re using a silicone baking mat.
However, silicone baking mats can also be used as a workspace, in addition to (or instead of) a baking sheet liner. Some feature measurements and markings to help you roll out your pizza dough in a perfect circle or evenly space out your cookies. If you’re someone who regularly works with pastry dough, you’ll definitely want to look out for baking mats with these features.
And here’s one more cool way you can put your baking mat to use: Try placing them under cutting boards to keep them from sliding across the counter while you do your prep work.
You’ll find that most baking mats come in half sheet and/or quarter sheet sizes, meaning they’ll fit perfectly in the accompanying baking sheets. For professional or semi-professional bakers, you can also find baking mats in a full sheet size, but keep in mind that most home ovens aren’t large enough to accommodate this size sheet pan.
Be sure to read the manufacturer instructions carefully before baking with silicone baking mats on high heat — most are heat tolerant up to about 500 degrees F, but the mats tested in this review range in heat tolerance from up to 425 degrees F to 550 degrees F. Some can also withstand freezing temperatures, giving you the ability to chill your dough in the fridge or freezer directly on the mat.
It’s no secret that a primary benefit of using silicone baking mats is they save you from scrubbing burnt-on foods from your baking sheet later. However, you still need to clean the mats themselves. Fortunately, most are dishwasher safe, but be sure to check before purchasing.
Now that you know what to look for, discover which of our picks is the right fit for your baking needs.
Article reference:The 5 Best Silicone Baking Mats of 2021