LIGHTNING RELEASES (2/14/2015) – Silicone baking mats are an increasingly popular kitchen tool. This is because they help prepare better food and make kitchen chores easier. Shoppers interested in buying those mats very soon realize that there are many options, but are all baking mats made equal?
Silicone baking mats are not all the same. Some mats are very thin, or made only with silicone. Those will twist or bend rapidly. They do not resist very high temperatures, too, and for the most part won’t keep going for long. A thicker mat (about 0,7mm thick, like a Frazoni Non-stick Silicone Baking Mat) will usually cost a bit more, but will spare customer’s money on the long run. Actually, a professional grade silicone baking mat can be identified by its thickness.
A good baking mat will be made from FDA endorsed, BPA-free fiberglass and silicone. This pair forms what a Frazoni engineer calls “a composite material, which combines the best features of each material. Fiberglass will distribute heat evenly, and silicone will provide strength and a non-stick surface that helps baking and makes cleanup easy.”
A good silicone baking mat will go to the freezer, as well as to the oven and microwave oven. It can also be used as a working surface, for rolling dough or preparing candy. It eliminates the need for parchment paper and other liners. A Frazoni customer, B. Nelson, said that “I’ve tried this with candied apples. It worked great. That coating sticks to everything else, but not to my new Frazoni mats. What a great idea!”
A professional grade silicone baking mat should work well in the temperature range from -40°F to 480°F (-40°C to 250°C), thus allowing those who like to bake cookies to follow pastry chefs tips to the letter, chilling the dough on the freezer and then immediately placing it in the hot oven for better results.
Another feature of a good silicone baking mat is its form. Composite mats, with fiberglass and silicone, maintain their form through life. Another helpful form-related feature of Frazoni baking mats is that they have beveled corners, which make placement on baking sheets easier.
All in all, silicone baking mats are becoming very popular because they simplify kitchen duties both for home and professional cooks. However, it is important to know which features make a baking mat worth choosing.