Professional Small Silicone Baking Mat 205mm x 249mm
The advancement of technology in the kitchen has led to plenty of impressive innovations over recent decades. The most obvious might be the scale and efficiency of kitchen appliances, but there have been some improvements on fairly standard pieces of kit that have really made preparing, cooking and serving food much easier.
One of these is the increasing use of food-grade silicone, such as in this professional small silicone baking mat. Silicone has been identified as one of the most practical materials for use in the kitchen. It is rubbery and flexible, meaning it can be bent and shaped to suit whatever you are doing, from scraping the last drops of batter from a bowl to creating delicate decorations for an elaborate cake.
Silicone in the kitchen
Food technologists identified silicone as a practical substance for use in the kitchen, from storage to utensils and all kinds of specialist pieces of equipment. Silicone has a number of properties that make it ideal for cooking with, and this silicone mat is a perfect example of why silicone is such a versatile material.
This silicone mat is heat resistant, meaning you can use it on your kitchen counter to work with your dough, batter or anything else you are cooking, then place it straight into the oven. It makes an ideal alternative to baking paper, parchment or aluminium foil, and it’s soft, so it can be used on non-stick trays without damaging them. Because it can be washed and reused, a silicone baking mat is an eco-friendly alternative to single use non-stick options.
Silicone is also non-porous, so it doesn’t stain and it doesn’t absorb oil or fat, making it easy to clean. This is a bonus when it comes to saving time and effort, but also makes it extra safe as there is nowhere for bacteria or dirt to get trapped. It is non-reactive, so it doesn’t corrode when exposed to food acids or if it is wet for an extended period of time. This makes this mat ideal for using when making bread or pastry as you can leave items on the silicone mat to prove without
These properties make a silicone baking mat ideal for cooking with strong coloured and flavoured ingredients as it will not take on the taste, smell or colour of any previous ingredients, which can be helpful when cooking with tomatoes, red cabbage or beetroot.
Using silicone baking mats for confectionery
The heat resistant capacity of silicone baking mats is one of the many reasons they are popular with confectioners as they can be used to work with melted sugar at high temperatures. Silicone is the perfect material to use with molten sugar as it can withstand the heat but will not stick. Because silicone is flexible, the mats can be used to shape sugar creations and they can be bent at any angle to ensure that the end result cools in the correct form.
A silicone baking mat can also be frozen, withstanding temperatures as high as 300 degrees down to -4 degrees centigrade, so you can use a silicone mat to chill your creations in the fridge or freezer as well.
Using a silicone baking mat will change the way you cook – no more scrubbing away to get burned residue off baking trays and you will never have to wrestle with a roll of baking paper again. When you get used to how easy it is to prepare a baking tray, move your food around on it and clean up afterwards, you will never way to use anything else again.