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Cutting my silpat?

sixelagogo Jan 10, 2007 10:10 AM

Is it true that I cannot cut my brand new giagantic silpat?? I was hoping to make 2 sheet pan covers out of it but the nytimes article today says nay! What do you all say?

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    aviva Capland RE: sixelagogo Jan 10, 2007 10:16 AM

    I've heard not to cut it.

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      browniebaker RE: sixelagogo Jan 10, 2007 10:25 AM

      Some silicone mats are made for cutting to fit pans. Some or not made for cutting and the instructions explicitly say not to cut. The ones not to cut are the ones with woven fiberglass in the silicone.You wouldn't want fine, fiberglass fibers getting into your food, onto your kitchen surfaces, into the air, etc.

      1. Karl Gerstenberger RE: sixelagogo Jan 10, 2007 12:54 PM

        Do not!

        * Do not use scrapers or brushes to clean the Silpat®
        * Do not cut the Silpat® or ON the Silpat®
        * Do not fold the Silpat®
        * Do not grease the Silpat®

        Caution!

        * Never use a cut or ripped Silpat® as glass weave could migrate to the food.
        * Please avoid the use of automatic dishwashers, as they may harm the Silpat®

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          Buckethead RE: Karl Gerstenberger Jan 10, 2007 06:02 PM

          * If Silpat® begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.
          * Silpat® may stick to certain types of skin.
          * Ingredients of Silpat® include an unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.
          * Do not taunt Silpat®.

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            Foodrat RE: Buckethead Jan 10, 2007 07:22 PM

            LOL!

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              Karl Gerstenberger RE: Buckethead Jan 11, 2007 12:46 PM

              Where do migratory glass fibers winter? Do migratory glass fibers mate for life? Are domesticated glass fibers as dangerous as wild glass fibers?

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                brappnyc RE: Buckethead Dec 11, 2013 06:26 PM

                Happy Fun Ball!

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              wakko11 RE: sixelagogo Jan 10, 2007 04:00 PM

              Cutting it would expose the woven fiberglass which would be very bad.

              1. babette feasts RE: sixelagogo Jan 10, 2007 04:04 PM

                If you're just cutting it in half, I'd say go ahead. I've done it. Yes, that edge will fray, so don't bake anything too close to that edge, and you won't have problems.

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                  jen kalb RE: babette feasts Jan 10, 2007 04:16 PM

                  ditto what bf says. I cut a big silpat in two several years back. It doesnt really fray and I work away from the edges - note also that Im seeing that the silicon coating on the uncut edges gradually wears off, leaving the other edges in a similar condition.

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                    JayL RE: babette feasts Dec 12, 2013 07:37 AM

                    Asbestos used to be considered safe as well...

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                    gaiadi RE: sixelagogo Jan 10, 2007 05:09 PM

                    Article in the NYT today about silicone cookware, including a bit on Silpat versus other silicone mats. Says DO NOT cut the Silpat.

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                      Kelli2006 RE: sixelagogo Jan 10, 2007 06:43 PM

                      I would suggest the use of parchment paper, instead of cutting a Sil-pat. Parchment can be bought pre-cut in full and 1/2 sheet sizes or just 200' rolls.

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