I knew my new year was off to a rocky start when I discovered my silpat baking mat had started to crumble around the edges, exposing its precious fiberglass filling.
However, it the 7 years in which I owned it, the non-stick mat served me well. He happily baked hundreds of cookies, many dozens of appetizers, and even some 20 or so loaves of bread.
I personally gave him gentle sponge baths to help maintain his sleek appearance. It just wasn’t enough.
Are there any other bakers out there who find it hard to live without a silpat? I occasionally use parchment paper which also works well. Silpats offer a greener solution since they aren’t disposable and require little in the way of care.
- Wipe with a soft, damp sponge using a mild detergent only when absolutely necessary
- Blot with a towel and allow to air dry before storing.
It doesn’t get much easier than that. When I used the baking mat last time, I noticed the edges were beginning to break down and disintegrate. As you can also see in this photo, my mat had become quite discolored with heavy use over the years:
Since the manufacturer warns against using a damaged silpat, I am throwing mine away. On the positive side, it allows me to go shopping ;-) I even discovered they now have a RoulPat which is designed for rolling pastry dough on the counter.
My baking mat shopping list:
Has anyone else had issues with their silpat or experienced the loss of a beloved kitchen tool/device?
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