This week we’ve been baking up a storm around here. The kids and I spent Tuesday in the kitchen preparing all sorts of homebaked snacks. With four strapping young men around here, I need all the help I can get when it comes to KP.
And that includes helpful gadgets and tools — not just man power. (Though, I absolutely love manpower).
One tool that I regularly use in my kitchen is the Silpat mat. At first glance at the price tag, you may question the frugality involved. Generally, they run about $20. But, I’ve owned mine for about 8 years now and use it daily. Previously, I used quite a lot of parchment paper and non-stick spray when baking. Now, I buy almost none of those items.
The Silpat is a non-stick, silicone baking mat that replaces the need for other non-stick applications. It is washable and reusable — and much more reliable than what it replaces. Take note:
The pretzels baked on the Silpat slid right off. Not quite the same fate as the pretzels baked on an oiled baking sheet.
While the Silpat did require an initial investment, it has more than paid for itself in parchment paper, Pam, and sheer frustration on my part.
There are some things that it just pays to invest in, especially if you know you will use it a lot. Water filtration devices replace the cost and hassle of toting water from the store. A bread machine or a heavy duty mixer can help provide your family with good quality bread for a fraction of the price of store bought. It just depends on how your family rolls.
For me, having this type of mat, reduces waste, makes baking more enjoyable, and saves us money. Sounds like a good deal to me.
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