Why should you use Silicone Baking Mats?
What are Silicone Baking Mats?
Silicone baking mats are simply thin, rollable sheets of food-safe silicone that you can either use as a workspace or as a non-stick barrier between your baked goods and your baking sheets. Also known as pastry mats, they are a baker’s best friend in the kitchen. As a workspace, baking mats spare your countertops from the messes that come with kneading dough. Or, they can be used instead of parchment paper to protect your baking sheets from the oil in whatever you are baking. Because they are silicone, your goods won’t stick to them. They clean easily and reduce mess to make your baking adventures as enjoyable as possible. And, they are completely reusable so you don’t have to create unnecessary waste such as if you relied on parchment paper or aluminum foil every time you baked.
Highlights of a Silicone Baking Mat:
- Reduces the amount of cleaning you need to do each time you bake
- Provides a nonstick barrier between your baked goods and your baking sheets
- An environmentally friendly substitute for aluminum foil and parchment paper
How to use a Silicone Baking Mat
Using a silicone baking mat is easy! For baking, place them on any baking sheet and lay what you’re baking, like cookie dough, right on top. Good baking mats, like the HuBee silicone baking mat, will resist the high oven temperatures. When your creation comes out of the oven, you can easily remove it from the mat with a spatula or other cooking utensil.
To use the mat as a workspace, just lay it right on your counter and the silicone will grip to prevent sliding. Some mats, like Hubee’s, have ruled edges and size outlines to easily measure what you are creating!
How do I clean a Silicone Baking Mat?
Simply wipe them down with a little dish soap and warm water, and then air dry them by laying them flat on any surface. However, if you are burnt out after a busy baking session, simply throw it in the dishwasher. The silicone allows them to withstand high temperatures making them dishwasher-safe.
Why use Silicone Baking Mats?
The key reason to have a silicone baking mat is that they make your life easier. Have you ever needed parchment paper for a recipe, and then had to go to the store? With a baking mat you will never have this problem. It is reusable so you can’t run out. And, they aren’t wasteful like aluminum foil or parchment paper, and they will make it easier to clean up after a day of baking.