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Alternatives to Silpat baking sheets

Hank Hanover Dec 2, 2011 03:21 AM

There seems to be lots of silicone baking sheets out there. Are they all similar in performance?

Amazon indicates that silpats are made of fiberglass and silicone. Are there any others made the same way?

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    Kelli2006 Dec 2, 2011 03:34 AM

    Why do you want an alternative? Is it cost, are you allergic to silicone or is there another reason? They are all similar in construction.

    A sheet of parchment on a standard aluminum baking sheet is just as non-stick as a Silpat.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Kelli2006
      splatgirl Dec 2, 2011 06:54 AM

      +1 for parchment. It doesn't interfere with browning like slipats do, either.

      FWIW, Matfer was the maker of the original silpat. IME the different brands are all about the same, although I haven't purchased or used one in about 10 years.

      1. re: splatgirl
        Kagemusha Dec 3, 2011 08:06 PM

        Parchment forever. Always viewed Silpats as aspirational and/or lifestyle props for the kitchen. You can buy a $hitload of parchment for the price of a couple of those babies. The look-a-likes are a scam.

      2. re: Kelli2006
        Hank Hanover Dec 2, 2011 04:13 PM

        Well, they are affordable enough but off brands are cheaper so I was wondering if there was a difference. I don't think I would be interested n an off brand if it was 100% silicone. I think it would be too flexible and not slippery enough.

        1. re: Hank Hanover
          Claudette Dec 3, 2011 07:19 PM

          I bought both a Silpat and a Sur La Table one (with the red border) about 10 years ago at the same time, I use them both at the same time, and the SLT one is fraying at the edges now, while the Silpat is still intact. They are both stained a bit, but otherwise perform equally well. I'll replace the SLT with a Silpat next time, though.

      3. scubadoo97 Dec 2, 2011 05:36 PM

        We have a Silpat and a couple of silicone baking sheets. The non Silpats are just silicone. No fiberglass. Both work well.

        I don't use them much. If I'm roasting vegetables I'll use parchment.

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