Silicone Mats, etc.
I saw the tail end of something on tv about using silicone mats to line pans when roasting, baking etc., to make for easy cleanup. I guess... Is that what all those silicone things in the store are - liners?
Do they work well?
Are they intended to take the place of foil or something?
My oven burns everything, so I usually cook mostly with stoneware because the heat seems to distribute better. Recently started doing some roasting, tho, so was thinking about the usefulness of these mats.
They do not take the place of foil, no. They do however work very well for things that have a tendency to stick. Cookies, cheese, etc. A common brand name is Silpat.
More accurately they take the place of parchment paper.
I really like them. I also use them for rolling out doughs or for freezing things before vacuum packing them.
Ah silicone - my friend. As was noted here, they are great for things that tend to stick. I have one for rolling out dough as well as the silicone rolling pin itself and love them. Then I saw something about using them when you pound meat so I tried it for chicken breasts - it worked great.
jzerosck - thanks for the tip about freezing before vacumn packing!
Has anyone tried them for lining a pan when making candy like brittles?