If you cook with sheet pans, this will be the best $10 you spend all month.
Fussing to unfurl rolled parchment paper so that it will lay flat on a baking sheet is one of those tiny kitchen tasks that grates on one’s nerves just enough. Anyone who’s ever followed the recipe instruction, “line pan with parchment paper,” knows what I’m talking about. This (along with the amount of paper waste regularly using parchment creates) is why many bakers turn to a baking mat for just about anything that needs to cook on a rimmed sheet pan.
Silicone baking mats create a quick-release surface, perfect for cookies, hot sugar syrups, and virtually anything else you’d use your baking sheet for. No need for aerosol cooking sprays or greasing and flouring either; the power of food-grade silicone is all it takes, no matter how sticky the situation. Many professionals use Silpats, a high-end French brand of baking mat; however, AmazonBasics produces a far more affordable baking mat that rings in just under $10 for a 2-pack. Trust me, this is a serious steal.
Avid home bakers, you may have survived well enough without one, but believe me when I say—you’re going to love having one of these trusty mats at your side for all future baking endeavors. With over 2,400 customer reviews, averaging to a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, these baking mats are pretty easy to say yes to.
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When you’re making batches of sweet treats—like pecan (or pistachio) pralines, toffee, or peanut brittle—for gifting, this baking mat has got you covered. You can also use it to perfect your macaron piping skills and bake the delicate almond-based cookies with ease. And given that the mat can withstand temperatures up to 480°F, it’s also perfect for roasting vegetables or crisping up bacon slices.
While metal utensils will not damage the mat, be sure to stay away from using tools with sharp or serrated edges. Arguably the best thing about them is that while they protect your pan from a sugary mess, the dishwasher-safe mats are a breeze to clean and store. One reviewer noted that by rolling up the flexible mat, you can easily store it in a kitchen drawer without it taking up much space.
Of course, the obvious perk of a baking mat is that it’s reusable. And being that you get two of the AmazonBasics mats for less than the cost of one mat from a pricier brand, you can easily rotate mats for baking in batches. Technically, making 3 dozen cookies at once would be faster to do with disposable parchment paper versus using one baking mat, but having multiple silicone mats in your toolbox changes the game entirely. And at this value, it might just be worth adding two 2-packs to your shopping cart.