My mother had a big pastry mat that she used all the time when I was growing up. I don't know what happened to it but it wasn't anywhere when I was visiting a few months before her death and then again for final services. So when I saw this opportunity on Tomoson to host this giveaway and test the product, I applied and we were accepted. I will be comparing this to my mother's mat simply because that is the only pastry mat I had any experiences with but I'll also be comparing this sili baked! mat to just using a countertop or table top.
sili baked! mat is smaller than my mother's but it covers the same amount of room that I normally use on our table where I previously made any sort of rolled out pastry. Like my mother's mat this one had conversation charts for measurements but unlike hers it also has two basic recipes -- roll out sugar cookies and pie crust.
The sili baked! mat is rolled up with a thin layer of paper that I kept and reused to keep it safely put away when not needed. In fact I strongly recommend that you do this as well as keep the plastic sheaf both were in and the box. It doesn't take up a lot of room and it will protect the item.
sili baked! mat unrolls then stays flat and in place because it is slightly textured on the back side but mostly smooth on the front or at least smooth enough that it doesn't leave marks on the dough you roll out. You will need a bit of flour to help hold the dough in place and I find that a little flour on the rolling pin is helpful as well.
Unlike just using a table or countertop the cleanup was easy -- I just wiped it down and dried it off, set it aside and very quickly was able to dust off the tiny amount of flour that I'm brush off the mat. Much faster to set up and clean up than just the top of my kitchen furniture plus I didn't have to worry about hurting the tabletop I normally must use.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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