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Old 05-13-2008, 11:20 PM   #11
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Michael, I think being a "cooking nerd" is an accolade to aspire to!
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:31 PM   #12
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silicone

So what is the best brand of silicone? Is the smartware on TV any good? Is there something specific to look for? I've tried to read reviews, but they all seem to have some who love and some who hate no matter what maker. Some stain easily, others stick, and yet others keep the smell of whatever was cooked first with them.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:35 PM   #13
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Sorry, GR. I can't help you with variety. My "silpats" are called "silpat" and are made if France. That's all I know.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:37 PM   #14
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silpat, ftw.
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:12 PM   #15
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I don't know anything about the silicone bakeware, GoldenRule. I only use the flat baking mats - 2 are Silpat brand, 2 are Exopat brand, and 1 I don't remember the brand name - I just remember it was something other than Silpat or Exopat that I picked up at the restaurant supply house that fit the cookie sheet I got there.
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:26 PM   #16
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Thank you all for replies. I haven't heard of these brands. I take it that all the ones you mention are good for cookies, then. Has anyone used silicone for cakes, muffins, bread, casseroles, etc?
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:28 PM   #17
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BTW, I wish I were a cooking "nerd."
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:36 AM   #18
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I use Silpats too and I love them. But I do have parchment paper for stuff that will be very greasy or has a really strong flavor because I read that they can pick up odors.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:32 AM   #19
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Thanks, FM, guess I'm going to have to look for this Silpat brand. It seems to be the keeper: )
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:50 PM   #20
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Thanks, FM, guess I'm going to have to look for this Silpat brand. It seems to be the keeper: )
If you get a Silpat - you are well on your way to becoming a cooking nerd, Golden. (At least you've found someplace to congregate with others who are similarly afflicted!)
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