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Old 02-21-2005, 09:38 AM   #1
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Anyone use Silpat Mats?

Anyone use Silpat Mats?

if yes, would like your opinion and evaluation -
> how long you've used them
> for what kind of baking
> better/worse/about the same from baking w/o them
> ease of care
> worth the $$$ ?

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Old 02-21-2005, 11:04 AM   #2
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I've only used silpats while I was in college, during my Pastry class. They're really nice to use, especially for some of the more exotic "lace-type" cookies that are more batter then dough, and cook into a shell that can still be molded after coming out of the oven (think Fortune Cookies and you'll have a good idea).

I've never attempted any cookies like that since I left college. Anything else that a non-stick pad like that might be good for I can accomplish with greased wax paper.

If you're into making some really exotic cookies, a Silpat might be a good investment. Personally, I don't own one, and don't forsee a need to buy one anytime soon.
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Old 02-21-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
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I don't own any--I'm content with parchment paper. I have heard that they're great to use when working with chocolates and candies.
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Old 02-21-2005, 11:45 AM   #4
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Anything else that a non-stick pad like that might be good for I can accomplish with greased wax paper.
greased wax paper :?: :?: I thought waxed paper would burn in the oven?? How high an oven temp would greased wax paper withstand without burning? TIA
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Old 02-21-2005, 01:45 PM   #5
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I have a silpat mat and love it! Got it as a gift, so not sure how much it costs. I use it for every batch of cookie I make. I think they have non brand name mats out there for cheaper now, though I've never used those. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-21-2005, 01:47 PM   #6
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Anything else that a non-stick pad like that might be good for I can accomplish with greased wax paper.
greased wax paper :?: :?: I thought waxed paper would burn in the oven?? How high an oven temp would greased wax paper withstand without burning? TIA
If you're baking I'd use parchment paper. I've always been hesitant to use wax paper because of the wax taste it can impart on food.
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Old 02-21-2005, 06:09 PM   #7
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On another food board (I know, sacrilege ) everyone who has a silpat RAVED about them. I don't really bake so I have no need for one. My mother actually just bought one this week though. She got it at the Christmas Tree store for just a couple of bucks.
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:03 AM   #8
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Re: Anyone use Silpat Mats?

I've used mine for about 2 years. Mainly for cookies and quick-breads (like scones and biscuits). They are non-stick without any added fats. Since parchment paper is silicone impregnated paper - think of them as multi-use parchment paper.

Ease of care depends on the brand you buy - but it's easy. Some brands say you can wash them with a mild soap and warm water, some say just wipe with a damp rag, some say just a dry rag. Some say it's ok to roll them up for storage, some say to store them flat.

As for cost ... not all silicone mats are the same. The cheaper ones have a lower reuse rate (say mabye 2,000 uses) and the more expensive ones are higher (3,500 - 5,000). The one thing they have in common is that they average out to about 1/2-cent per use. Parchment paper, on the other hand, ranges between 5-cents to 15-cents - depending on where you buy it and in what quantity.

I bought my daughter-in-law a couple when I got mine (she bakes a lot of cookies for school parties) and she says they are the greatest gift she has ever gotten.
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:24 AM   #9
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I don't bake enough to justify spending the $20 for a small sized Silpat.jI use parchment or even greased aluminum foil when I need to.
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Anything else that a non-stick pad like that might be good for I can accomplish with greased wax paper.
* slaps forehead

D'Oh!

I meant parchment paper. I don't bake enough to instinctively realize there are two kinds off paper. Sorry.
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