I’m sure that if you do a lot of baking that you have at some point been frustrated at parchment paper. It’s annoying to use and you have to keep buying it as you can only use a sheet once. So what is the alternative? Well, Silicone Baking Mats of course. The great thing about these is that they are naturally non stick and you can use them over and over again. They save money and frustration. They don’t rip or stick to your baking, they are a real game changer for cookie making I can tell you!
It’s really important though that you buy quality when it comes to silicone baking equipment though. So with that in mind let’s look at some of the best available options.
Made from food-grade silicone these flexible mats can be used again and again. Plus they feature a non stick surface that requires no greasing at all. If you need to use a spatula or another utensil to remove the food they won’t rip like parchment.
They are easy to clean to, just wash them in soap and water in the sink. With them being non stick they are a breeze to clean, you can also put them in the dishwasher. These mats are oven safe to 480 degrees F.
Much like the Amazon Basics range they are really top quality. What I like about this set is the range of colors and the fact you get a smaller mat in this pack of 3. This give you more options for baking. They are sized to fit all standard half sheets (16.5″ x 11 5/8″) and a quarter sheet (11.5″ x 8.5″).
Again they are really easy to clean and of course they won’t rip or tear when you use them. They can be used over and over again and it will take a long long time for these to wear out. These ones are oven safe to 450 degrees F and you can freeze them without issue as well.
Kitzini are so confident you will love these that they offer a no quibble money back guarantee with these mats. Plus you get a free ebook of recipes that are perfect to use with your new mats!
Over 1000 people have rated these 5/5.
These have been FDA & LFGB approved as being non toxic and BPA free. These mats are 1mm thick which is thicker than most silicone mats on the market. They can handle temperatures from minus 40 degrees F to 482 degrees F.
Again like the Kitzini you get 3 in the pack and one of them is a half sized mat. As you can see on the picture these mats have measurement markings that may come in useful if you are trying to keep your baking equally separated.
These also come with a money back guarantee.
Just like the others on the list they are made with high quality materials and will last a long long time. They are really economical. No more buying parchment paper and no more spraying oils or greasing with butter.
You can get these ones in various sizes so make sure you buy ones that will fit your baking trays.
Again these are FDA and LFGB approved materials and are BPA free.
There are absolutely loads of silicone baking mats to choose from. Once you start shopping around you may find yourself inundated with options. The above 4 choices are pretty much the best you can get and none of them are particularly expensive. In fact, when you factor in how much money these will save over the years they are a real bargain.
There are some worries about whether using silicone is safe as at high temperatures it is reported that it can leach into food. However we are talking really high temperatures here, far beyond what these mats are rated for. Most are rated around 450-480 degrees F. They are FDA approved as toxic free so I really don’t think this is something we need to worry about.
If you have a open flame oven though you should avoid using these as the flames may damage the mats. Also if you find that your mats have become torn in anyway then you should dispose of them and get new ones. Again though this is unlikely to happen as they are incredible durable items. With this in mind you should never cut your mats with scissors in order to make them fit your trays. Make sure you buy mats that will fit your tray or buy new trays.
Any of the choice above will make a fine choice. The Amazon Basics range are great but we really love the Kitzini mats because they come in various sizes and colors.
Let us know in the comments which mats you went for.