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scared of silpat

thinking about picking up a bunch of silicone stuff (mats, oven mitts, etc.) but just scared. can you all please allay my fears, or confirm them? thanks.

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  1. they are awesome! so good, can't make certain cookies without them.

    wut, exactly, are Ur fears?

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    1. re: ScubaSteve

      I guess just a fear of modern science and putting plastic-y things in the oven. But all the commentary below has completed allayed my fears, so off I go to get baking! that's folks . . .

    2. The mats are really great for cookie baking - silpats give my chocolate chip cookies a really nice bottom side that has the slightest crunch, and a nice chewy gooey center. They also have some mats that make nice trivets. The oven mitts, however, I find to be a bit awkward if you're using them as regular mitts for the oven. However, if you do a lot of cooking on a grill or in a smoker, they do come in handy (for example, taking a turkey out of a smoker or grill when the turkey just sits on the grill - if you're doing stuff like that, then I recommend getting a left hand and a right hand silicone mitt. But if you do a lot of cookie baking, the mats are definite must-haves.

      1. RE: the oven mitts - some find they are hard to grab with - check it out in the store and imagine what you are grabbing is really hot!

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        1. re: jbyoga

          I have a silpat potholder (liked the idea of throwing it in the dishwasher) but I find it uncomfortable to use; too stiff. I end up using my cloth ones mostly (even though they aren't as heat resistant). BTW the NYTimes had a whole article today about these things (picks and pans)

          http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/10/din...

        2. I have had 3 silpats...destroyed 2 of them (not completely destroyed but they were turning brown and burnt looking).

          My chocolate chip cookiers BURNT on the silpat but did not on on a direct cookie sheet

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          1. re: BellaDonna

            Did you use your silpats a lot? How did they burn? That's quite odd that your chocolate chip cookies burnt on the silpat - has this happened to anyone else before? Do you have the Silpat brand mat, or did you use another brand?

            1. re: BellaDonna

              that's what I was scared of; that it turns brown, weird; how do you know when they're no good, or overused in the oven? any upper limits to temperature? I suppose it wouldn't go much higher than 350 for cookies and backing and stuff anyway . . .

            2. Today's New York Times has a good article.

              http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/10/din...

              I love my Silpats for cookies and for rolling out pastry. Haven't tried the bakeware. I also have two sets of oven mitts: One pair with opposable thumbs, great for gripping oven pans, and another with thumbs parallel to the hand, which are more useful for flipping a chicken or turkey, which I roast breast side down at first. I can get a good grip on the hot, slippery bird without damaging the skin. I find the flat potholders to be too stiff, and only use them as trivets.

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              1. re: phofiend

                btw, I did a turkey breast side down this year also and the mitts would've been perfect for that flip; I ended up doing a flip and slide thing to get it on a plate and then back on the rack. also I used a really strong and thick glaze after the flip and it totally hid the ugly indentations in the breast for cooking upside down. lovely!