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Ever spent hours peeling off brown bits of parchment paper from the bottom of over three dozen cookies you promised to contribute for a potluck? I have, and let me tell you, it’s no fun. That’s why silicone mats are seriously your best friend when it comes to baking. They’re incredibly simple to use, easy to clean and last forever. Even better? Right now, the half-sheet size from iconic brand Silpat is on sale for just $26.35 (normally $29.99), plus it comes with its own nifty band that makes storage so much easier!
The half-sheet mat measures 11 5/8″ x 16 1/2″, is compatible with all 13″ x 18″ baking sheets and pans, and has a solid 4.7-star rating and 3,550 rave reviews. For those not familiar with Silpat, the mats — made from a combination of fiberglass mesh and food-grade silicone — essentially work like a non-stick surface for your baked and roasted dishes, so you never have to deal with the hassle of greasing the pan’s surface or peeling off sticky, burned bits post-baking.
“I am a nutritionist and also recommend them to nearly every client that I work with as they help reduce the use of oil when baking and cooking,” says one reviewer. “In fact, I have one on every single cookie sheet in my drawer. I consider them part of the cookie sheet and don’t ever cook without one.”
The mat is oven safe up to 500° F and built to take on everything from cookies and nut brittle to fish and roasted veggies. Once you’re done using the mat, just soak it in hot water before scrubbing it down with regular dish soap.
“NOTHING will stick to this mat, it’s truly glorious!” says a happy reviewer. “The product practically pays for itself after a while of owning it because you don’t have to purchase all of that excess parchment paper, and for someone who is concerned about their environmental footprint it’s like a dream come true.”
So if you’re looking to cut back on using foil, parchment paper, or even excess oil and grease, then the Silpat will be your new best friend. As one reviewer puts it: “If you love to bake, this is a must-have item, but if you’re creative, you’ll find yourself using it for lots of things.”
We couldn’t agree more!