22 December, 2015

Silicone Baking Mats and Spatula Set #Review #BonjourCuisine

      February is ever so quickly approaching, and at the same time, it feels like it's taking forever to get here.  Like a lot of Americans, I look forward to February.  Why?  Because that's when W2s come out and we can file our taxes.  It's that time of year when I get to splurge and get something that I have wanted all year (or in this case for many years) and finally can afford.  This year I am getting that treadmill that I keep saying I'm going to get.  That, and a new camera because mine has had it.

     I'm getting a treadmill so that I can get myself into a shape a little bit.  Obviously the treadmill alone won;t be enough, I'll have to make some life changes, mostly regarding food.  I usually opt for convenience because so much of my life on a daily basis is very inconvenient.  Food is the one area I can really cut corners in to save myself some stress, so I do.  But this next year will be a time for change.  Starting with eating more veggies.

     How will I cook these veggies?  Lots of ways, I suppose.  One of those ways will be baked in the oven.  I've recently fallen in love with silicone kitchen items.  Turns out they don't melt if you put them in the oven... just in case you thought they might.  My newest help in the kitchen is from Bonjour Cuisine and is a set of two silicone baking mats and a silicone spatula.

     I've tried silicone mats before and I love them.  The food slides right off when the cooking is done and they are so easy to clean.  Like this one, they usually fit nicely inside a regular cookie sheet.  Cooking on them requires no oil or butter, nothing that you would normally use to prevent sticking.

     So what makes this one different than others?  Glad you asked.  Two things stand out.  First of all, it comes with a pretty cool bonus gift of the silicone spatula, which is great for icing cookies or getting the last of the batter out of the bowl.

     Second, is that unlike other baking mats, these ones do NOT have angled corners, these corners are normal squared corners.  I'm on the fence with my feelings on this, here's why:  One one hand, I've had juices form chicken and veggies seep under the mat because the juices get into the corners and find a way under the mat.  Now, that's not to say that it won;t eventually happen with these, but it's better on that front.  On the other hand, having no angled part to grab makes it harder to get the mat back out of the cookie sheet, which can be frustrating.

     So I guess it depends on your preference which you think would be better.  Personally, I might like the full corners that these provide better.  I tend to remove the food using a spatula anyway.  So what do you think?  Have you tried both?  Which do you prefer?
     To learn more, check out Bonjour Cuisine on Amazon.

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.


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