Silicone mats and parchment paper basically do the same thing, but they have a lot differences. Not only are they made of different base materials, but they also vary in cost, reusability, and clean-up.
Are Silicone Baking Mats Safe?
Yes, silicone baking mats are safe for baking. The silicone baking mat temperature limit is 428 degrees. These baking mats can also be placed in the freezer.
However, silicone baking mat safety should be kept in mind when purchasing. Now that silicone is becoming more popular, some companies are adding fillers to their silicone molds and mats. Silicone fillers can be harmful to our health because of the toxins they omit when heated or cooled. If you aren’t positive about fillers in the silicone you purchased, once you bake with it, you may smell a potent burning smell. Your best bet for finding safe silicone baking mats is to purchase from a respected manufacturer. If you want to be sure about the components of the mat before buying, you can always reach out to the customer service team.
Silicone Baking Mats
Silicone baking mats are flexible, reusable mats made out of food grade silicone and fiberglass. They come in various sizes and shapes to fit your many pans, and cost around $20-$30.
Eco-friendly and cost saving
Variety of uses for baking
What is Parchment Paper?
Parchment paper is paper that is coated in a layer of silicone to create a heat resistant and non-stick surface. Wise says she tends to use parchment paper to line cake baking pans, bake cookies, and catch dripping from glazing or icing cakes. A major perk of parchment is that you can tailor it to oddly shaped pans with a pair of scissors,while you can only use a mat in specific sizes/shapes. Parchment paper is disposable and buying a box comes at a substantially lower cost than purchasing a couple of silicone mats. That said, it’s usually single-use and ultimately creates more waste.
Parchment paper is a cellulose-based paper that has an ultra-thin silicone coating to make it non-stick. It’s relatively cheap, and sold in either packs of sheet or rolls for around $5.
Used mostly to protect baking sheets
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