The pans and mats came in seriously handy during the naan episode. Perfectly cooked, no burning, so easy to remove and so easy to clean the pans and mats!The pans and mats came in seriously handy during the naan episode. Perfectly cooked, no burning, so easy to remove and so easy to clean the pans and mats!
Even though these brandy snaps were a miserable failure, it would have been even more miserable if I'd had to clean this hardened candy stuff off of the bottom of my pans.Even though these brandy snaps were a miserable failure, it would have been even more miserable if I'd had to clean this hardened candy stuff off of the bottom of my pans.
Silpat silicone and fiberglass matsSilpat silicone and fiberglass mats
Traditional uncoated surfaceTraditional uncoated surface
Chicago Metallic pansChicago Metallic pans
New cookie sheets and Silpat mats!New cookie sheets and Silpat mats!
  • The pans and mats came in seriously handy during the naan episode. Perfectly cooked, no burning, so easy to remove and so easy to clean the pans and mats!
  • Even though these brandy snaps were a miserable failure, it would have been even more miserable if I'd had to clean this hardened candy stuff off of the bottom of my pans.
  • Silpat silicone and fiberglass mats
  • Traditional uncoated surface
  • Chicago Metallic pans
  • New cookie sheets and Silpat mats!

A couple months ago I decided I needed to upgrade my baking equipment.

I’d purchased a couple of AirBake cookie sheets soon after we were married, and eventually they became filled with water from the dishwasher, warped and disintegrated. One met its end after a pizza got inexorably stuck to it and, not wanting to deal with it, we ended up leaving it outside for most of the winter until we remembered to throw it out. Cookie sheet fail.

I was willing to spend a little extra money on upgrading to a nice set of cookie sheets if they would last. I did some research, measured our oven so I knew I could get two in on one rack, and decided on medium Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pans. I decided on these because a) they had really good reviews, b) I’m not a fan of non-stick coatings, and these are “traditional uncoated,” and c) they have a 25-year warranty.

Since I’ve started following food blogs, I’ve learned about Silpat non-stick baking mats made from silicone and fiberglass. Everything I read indicated that they were amazing, so I found mats that would fit my new cookie sheets perfectly.

Both the cookie sheets and mats arrived just in time for a trial by fire when I attempted (and failed) at making brandy snaps and baked excessive amounts of naan. The brandy snap failure was my fault, but the sheets and mats performed beautifully.

I’m really happy with my choices. Do you have favourite baking equipment?

4 Responses to “Upgrading baking equipment”

  1. Kate, aka Guavalicious
    20 April 2011 at 7:46 am #

    I’ve been hankering for a jelly roll pan lately. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. CoMo Homestead
    20 April 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Sure! Everything I read about these was super super positive.

  3. Jessica
    20 April 2011 at 9:56 am #

    We’ve been slowly upgrading. We didn’t ask for a lot on our wedding registry (I feel weird about asking for stuff), so we’ve slowly replaced our old “starter” stuff with quality stuff over time as we can afford it. Slipats really are the best mats you can buy!

  4. Lissa
    20 April 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    The Silpat pads I had for years & years bit the dust. While I like parchment too… I’ll replace them! Thanks for the rec on the pans too.