Consider the Silicone Baking Mat

Trade in greasy pans and wasteful parchment paper for something more sustainable, and a little more consistent.

There's nothing wrong with using old-school, disposable parchment paper on a baking sheet, and if you want to directly grease your baking pan, that's your prerogative. But a more sustainable, cleaner, non-stick option — and one that yields more consistent results — is the silicone baking mat. The silicone eliminates waste, and makes it easy to scrape off sticky toffee, caramel, and other candied ingredients. And because it lays perfectly flat on a baking tray (unlike parchment, which tends to crinkle and fold) your cookies, macarons, and other baked goods will come out of the oven more evenly-cooked and uniform. Silicone, as a material, also dissipates heat faster, which prevents burning and hastens cooling—meaning less time to wait to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Now that you're convinced, here are three of our favorites to try.

Silpat Silicone Baking Mat

Silpat Silicone Baking Mat
Silpats are reliable, and have been around since 1965.Amazon

Silpat is the original non-stick baking mat brand, and has been around since 1965. Their baking mat was born out of the need to prepare and bake perfect baguettes, and is made of fiberglass mesh and high-quality food grade silicone. It provides consistent heat distribution — meaning even baking and browning.

The Silpat is safe for use in both the oven, as well as the freezer (-40 to 482 degrees Fahrenheit). It also comes with a band that wraps around the mat for easy storage.

AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat Sheet

AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat Sheet
AmazonBasics has their own affordable silicone baking mats.Amazon

If you're looking for something more entry-level, AmazonBasics's Silicone Baking Mat does the trick. Their standard silicone baking sheet comes in two, three, and four-packs, for the fair-weather baker to the semi-pro.

Silicone Baking Mats by Kitzini

Silicone Baking Mats by Kitzini
These mats can stand extreme temperatures — from freezing to 450°F.Amazon

Kitzini's soft and glossy silicone baking mats come with full silicone-coated edges to protect the fiberglass core, and extend the mat's shelf-life. They can stand temperatures from freezing up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Kitzini is a small family-owned company, so they guarantee quality for their products which are tested by their team—and a great return policy.