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cheap silpat in SEA?

allisonw Jan 22, 2009 01:16 PM

I have various silicone tools and vessels, and I find the very cheap ones to be every bit as good as the expensive fancy ones. One thing I don't have that I would like is a silpat. Anyone seen them cheap? I was at City Kitchens (I know, expensive store!) the other day and they had one for $47. Yow. Wondering if they've been spotted cheap at Target, maybe Biz Costco, a restaurant supply store? I'd like to get a couple of them so I can custom cut one down to fit in my toaster oven too.

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  1. terrier Jan 22, 2009 01:28 PM

    City Kitchens is actually a pretty reasonably priced store compared to, say, Sur La Table - but Amazon has better prices on silpat mats than any retail store I've seen. (And hey, they are local after all...)

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      akq Jan 22, 2009 01:30 PM

      You might check Fred Meyer. I vaguely remember seeing them there in the $20 range, but no promises.

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        nseattlefoodie Jan 22, 2009 02:45 PM

        when Costco gets them it's a 2 pack. Can't remember, but a great deal and I remember thinking that I needed to pick it up.

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          Erika L Jan 22, 2009 02:49 PM

          You might look at other brands, too--you can't cut Silpats b/c of the fiberglass mesh sandwiched between the silicone. Both the cookware stores in the Pike Place Market (Sur La Table and the one behind the Creamery in the Sanitary Market) have coated silicone sheets that can be cut to any size or shape.

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            allisonw Jan 22, 2009 02:53 PM

            Oh yeah, it does not have to be Silpat brand, just a silicone flexible sheet that goes on top of another flat hard thing, like a cookie sheet. That place behind the Creamery has notoriously good prices.

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            Lauren Jan 22, 2009 04:13 PM

            The restaurant supply store up on Aurora typically has them for ~$20.

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              Snapdragon Jan 22, 2009 09:03 PM

              Have you checked the discount stores near Northgate Mall? I've seen Silpats for under $10 at Tuesday Morning--and imagine they might also be found at Ross or TJ Maxx.

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                allisonw Jan 24, 2009 03:15 PM

                I found one at Biz Costco for $12. I'm sure I'll find a super el-cheapo at Ross or similar that I can cut up for the toaster oven.

                Thanks for the good tips, gang!!

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                staffstuff Jan 24, 2009 07:40 PM

                cheap silpats don't last as long as better quality ones. You'll be replacing them sooner and ultimately spending more as a result.

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                  allisonw Jan 25, 2009 01:27 PM

                  I don't do a ton of baking, so we'll see how it goes.

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                    Lauren Jan 26, 2009 04:10 PM

                    About half mine are Silpats and half are the cheapies. I've had them roughly the same amount of time (6 or 7 years). Even though the Silpats are thicker than the cheap ones, the cheap ones haven't worn out and I do everything on them - bake cookies, roast vegetables - you name it.

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                    RouxBabe Jan 25, 2009 03:25 PM

                    Since I don't bake, If you are willing to give me your mailing address I'll be happy to send you a pair of silpats that have been sitting idle in my kitchen for some time now, free of charge. My email is erevents@live.com.

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                      allisonw Jan 27, 2009 02:04 PM

                      Note sent, thanks RouxBabe!!

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