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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Love It!, February 9, 2005
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This review is from: Silpat AE295205-01 Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, 11-3/4-Inch x 8-1/4-Inch (Kitchen)
It really works, and works wonders.

USES:

* You can put anything on top of it for baking and nothing will stick. The first instinct is to bake cookies on them and you will be surprised how EVEN they will bake.

* I then tried frozen fish with dry rub condiments and it came out perfect. The skins don't stick and everything just slides off the mat. No oil added whatsoever.

* I frequently make croissants and notice that the bottom won't burn as fast as when done on a plain baking sheet.

* I also use the mat to handle sticky items like sugar for candy-making and dough. You won't need any flour to spread on the counter as this does the job just fine. You will wonder how you were able to bake without it for the longest time.

CLEANING:

* The best part is the clean up. You soak it in water and simply wipe off the food particles on the mat.

* For a thorough cleaning, just use mild soap and soft sponge.

* Stick it from the freezer to the oven and back to the freezer and it is perfectly OK. Nothing will crack or burst from the changing temperature - unlike glass pans.

* It is very flexible. Bend it, roll it, spread it out and use it for your rolling pin for the top and bottom.

CAUTION:

* Of course this isn't a magic device where food won't burn. It will just brown evenly the longer you keep it in the oven. Heat will simply be distributed on the mat.

* The product is made of silicone and fiberglass.

- Silicone is great, but it also does not mean it's indestructible. It can only be used within the temperatures from -40 degrees F to 482 degrees F.

- It has a lifespan of 2,000 to 3,000 times. As much as we want it to last, it will eventually wear out.

Fiberglass means that the product is finely weaved with glass. Therefore, it cannot be used as a cutting board. Yes, it's flexible but the glass weaves should be contained within the silicone.

DO NOT cut it into pieces. Buy the appropriate size for your needs. Once the glass particles are exposed, you will have to DISCARD it immediately as it will pose a health risk. I don't mean about breathing any harmful toxins, but those glass particles are sharp that if it goes into your food and on to your body...you get the picture.

That being said, enjoy the product and the wonder that it does. But use it with care. If used properly, it is worth every money spent.
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2012 3:40:46 AM PDT
P. Salmons says:
Very informative, thx for taking time to write a complete well organized review!

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 7:04:10 PM PDT
Grandma Di says:
Do you preheat mat also?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 10:08:10 PM PDT
R. Ocampo says:
Thank you P. Salmons.

Grandma Di, no need to preheat. In fact constant heat will eventually wear out the silicone mat over time. Just preheat your oven and place the mat along with the food items when it's time to insert.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 10:23:16 PM PDT
Grandma Di says:
Thanks so much for replying so fast. Appreciate your time. Mats arrive tmrw and I will bake cookies!

Posted on May 2, 2013 7:50:08 AM PDT
Aaron W says:
Great review, thanks!

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 9:19:07 AM PST
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Posted on Mar 8, 2014 9:19:40 AM PST
green garden says:
Why does it need to go in the freezer?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2014 11:38:19 AM PST
R. Ocampo says:
The product itself does not need to go in the freezer per se. It's only if the actual food you're baking needs to be cooled or frozen prior to baking or shaping then it's perfectly fine to use the Silpat in that application. For example cooling melted chocolates by pouring on the Silpat and then sticking in the freezer for quick cooling; Or freezing shaped croissant dough and then baking it straight on a preheated oven, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2014 11:53:52 AM PST
green garden says:
Ahh...thank you! I was trying to figure that out :-)

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 5:27:24 PM PDT
Robin H. says:
Your comment about the glass particles scared me. Were you talking about only if you were to cut it or do the particles eventually expose? How would you know when exposed? Obvious? How do you know when it is worn out? Thanks for your good review! I just ordered one earlier today and was reading the reviews after the fact.
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