Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.
I love to bake. It's therapeutic, calming, and my way of unwinding. I hate the clean up though. There's nothing worse than melted chocolate chips and cookie dough chunks getting stuck to your baking sheet and having to literally scrape them off with a metal spatula before you can even think about putting it in the dishwasher.
That's the main reason I was so excited to try out the Baker's Mat, a silicone baking mat that replaces the need for cooking sprays and parchment paper.
So, it's green. I have an overly fond attachment to anything green, and this is right up there with my favorite green kitchen gadgets. But that is just the beginning. I put this baby on my cookie sheet, made some ooey gooey chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough without any protection (i.e. no baking spray) and plopped the mess right on the silicone baking mat. I just knew that it was going to melt and ruin all of my yummy goodness, but I had to try it out.
Much to my amazement, this thing worked beautifully. Since the cookies weren't right on the metal pan, the heat distributed evenly and my cookies turned out perfect. Instead of transferring them to a metal rack, I just scooped up the mat out of the baking pan and set it all right on the counter. They cooled quick and were ready to enjoy in about ten minutes, because the silicone doesn't retain heat.
This FDA approved baking mat can go straight from the freezer to the oven, and can even withstand microwave power. As a matter of fact, it can withstand temperatures of -40°F to 480°F. Have some candy you want to make? Pour it right on the mat and get to shaping!
This is seriously my newest favorite baking tool, and I think everyone should have one!
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