Silicone baking mats are used in cafes and food joints, but they are also useful equipment for home cooks. These oven mats are suitable for both sweet and savory dishes. Did you know that they could be used in the oven up to 3,000 times before needing to be changed?
I approached professionals and asked them how to clean these nonstick baking mats to make sure you are taking good care of them. How many times have you tried to cook something that ended up sticking to the pan? I have had this problem more often than I can remember. Before I found the silicone baking mat! This kitchen tool has made cooking and preparing a lot simpler and more enjoyable than it was previously.
I am sure you won’t need any oil or cooking spray, and you won’t even need parchment paper! If you haven’t used one of these silicone baking mats already, you are in for a treat. They are truly a culinary turning point! So, let us get this party started.
Many people ask me what I do for a pastime and I think you will find me using a Silpat silicone baking mat in my kitchen. I have five of them now and utilize them every other day for biscuits, scones, chicken, breakfast sandwiches, potatoes, granola, tomatoes, fish, caramel corn, candied almonds and more!
I also use them as a non stick sheet for dipped truffles, toffee, and candy. I often use them to spread out chocolate cookie dough and bake soft pretzels from scratch. These mats are highly durable, reduce waste, and are convenient to store because they roll up. I am a big fan, as you know!
Silicone baking mats are ideal for baking the flawless chocolate chip cookie or delectable ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls. What about a non-sweet alternative? These non-stick baking mats are also great for baking savory dishes like a tasty baked white fish with salt, pepper, and coriander, and a splash of fresh lemon juice on top.
Silicone baking mats should be used for slapdash baking! For instance, do you ever have a fizzing hot dish in the oven that seems to spill over and mess everything up? Simply put the non-stick baking mat under it to trap any stray splashes and save your oven from being too filthy!
The silicone baking mat is ideal for “gooey” items including batter, dough, caramel, and so on because it is made for non-stick baking and cooking. There is no need to adjust your recipe or change the temperature; simply cook or bake your recipes as normal.
Any silicone baking mat has a temp cap for the lowest and highest temperatures it can be subjected to. This is normally specified on the label itself or in the original package the silicone baking mat arrived in. If you adhere to the operating temperatures, the item will last longer and you will be able to use it for several years.
Ensure your silicone baking mat is clean before placing it on your baking tray or on the table. While baking, you can put the mat straight on the oven shelf, but it is easier to put it on the cooking tray for support. Take the baking mat from the oven and set it aside to cool before removing the food and serving.
What is much better is that once you have finished using the silicone baking sheet, washing it is convenient! What you have to do is clean it with soap and water before drying it on a stand. Yes, it is really that easy! Soaking is also beneficial. Only a heads up. You don’t have to oil your silicone baking mat before use, but I have noticed that it makes clean-up go much smoother in some situations – just a little suggestion.
Since silicone baking mats do not corrode like metal-based kitchenware, you can soak them without fear of them deteriorating and rusting. Silicone baking mats are very simple to store because they keep their form no matter how they are kept. Long story short, here are the steps to help you with the process.
- Ensure that your silicone baking mat is free from dirt.
- Position it on top of your cooking tray or on the table.
- When baking, you can put the mat straight on the oven shelf, but it is easier to put it on the cooking tray for support.
- Take the baking mat from the oven and set it aside to cool before removing the food and serving.
- Allow your silicone baking mat to air dry after cleaning.
When caring for your mat, keep in mind that any wear and tear is to be expected. Like any silicone-based material, particularly Silpat, discoloration is common and anticipated. Washing your mat will not return it to the condition it was in when it was first opened, but it will assist with any loose dirt, oily texture, and residual bad smells. Here I will list a few ways in which you can clean your silicone baking mat.
Many people tend to be shocked when I tell them to use this method. Yes, silicone baking mats may be washed in the dishwasher.
- Position them on the top rack of your dishwasher, rolled up.
- Load it with the rest of your dirty plates and run a regular loop.
- They will be much less sticky, if not entirely oil-free.
- If there is already some oil, try one of the aforementioned methods
The juice of a lemon is fresh and fights oil.
- Soak the mat(s) for ten minutes in very hot water with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
- Scrub clean with a sponge or cloth when wearing kitchen gloves, then dry on a drying rack or with a towel.
- If required, repeat the process.
This technique was recommended to me by a friend, and it performs wonderfully.
- Using flowing water, wet the mat(s).
- Switch off the water.
- Drizzle baking soda liberally over the top.
- Brush the baking soda and excess water droplets along with kitchen gloves to make a paste, focusing on the stubborn stains.
- Allow the paste to stay on the mats for twenty minutes before rinsing them thoroughly with fairly hot water.
- Use a drying rack or a towel to dry.
- If required, repeat the process.
I know I mentioned both of these items to be used separately, but if you think you would like to use a mix of the two together, feel free to go ahead.
- Drizzle a little baking soda on your dusty silicone baking pad on the kitchen table or in the sink.
- To make a paste-like substance, cut a lemon in half and spread it over the mat.
- Leave the mat for ten minutes for the process to complete.
- After that, thoroughly scrub your silicone baking mat with warm water.
- Lastly, air-dry the baking mat.
I use this procedure if the spills are too tough to remove.
- Soak mats in boiling water for twenty minutes with several squirts of grease-fighting or heavy-duty dishwashing liquid.
- Natural soaps aren’t as effective in this situation; instead, use a soap made to remove stubborn dirt.
- The water should be extremely hot, not just warm.
- Scrub clean with a brush or towel when using kitchen gloves, then dry on a drying rack or with a towel.
- If required, repeat the process.
Well, another question I often get is whether silicone goes in the oven. Silicone may, of course, be used in the oven. Silicone has a reputation for withstanding extreme conditions, even extreme temperatures. Because of this, they are a common option for bakeware. The majority of silicone can withstand temperatures ranging from -70°F to +446 degrees Fahrenheit.
Silicone pans and baking mats can be used in the oven and at high temps (usually up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit). Except for direct-fire ovens, they are ideal for all types of ovens. It is also not ideal for direct heat sources such as barbeque grills, stovetops and other similar appliances. Furthermore, silicone-based pans, as well as mats, can be used in chillers, fridges, microwave ovens, and dishwashers.
I recommend keeping an eye on the temperature to ensure you don’t melt your silicone mat by accident, leading to all of your work and effort going to waste! The temp levels of various mats can vary. So double-check the temperature range your silicone pan or mat will tolerate (it may be mentioned on the original box).
In conclusion, ideally, the knowledge was useful and addressed most (maybe not all) of your concerns about the simple silicone baking pad, such as how to use it, how to clean it, and whether or not it should be used in the oven. I hope you enjoyed reading this article!
The Silpat brand is strongly praised because it was the pioneering brand that started it all and fundamentally improved cooking and baking for many experts and home bakers. Do you have some cleaning strategies for silicone baking mats? Let me know in the comments section below!