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What is a Baking Sheet?

At the moment, it may be possible to confuse baking mats and baking sheets with one another, but they are completely different items. A baking sheet is also referred to as a baking pan, baking tray, or baking sheet tray and is the flat tray pan used in a variety of baking from sweet to savory. Baking sheets can be rimmed or entirely rimless (referred to as a cookie sheet) and are must-haves in the kitchen. Transfer your baked goods straight into a serving platter with a baking sheet rimless on one, or all, sides of the pan with ease. Baking sheet trays are one of the few bakeware products that come in many material options. They are almost exclusively made of aluminum and these are considered the best quality ones. You may still want to use a baking mat while baking to preserve the quality of your pan for longer while not allowing the food to stick to the pan during cooking. 

Baking Sheet vs Baking Tray

The terms baking sheet and baking tray are often used interchangeably. If you are a home cook, they may not hold much of a vital difference for you. In fact, there is a subtle difference between a baking sheet vs a baking tray. When we say baking sheet, we refer to a flat sheet, also known as the cookie sheet. It is made specially to allow your baked goods to easily slide off of the side once finished. You may also use baking sheet paper or a baking mat on it to avoid your baked goods from sticking to the baking sheet tray. A baking tray, on the other hand, has rimmed sides that will capture any liquids or oils which are more commonly needed for roasts. 

What is a Baking Mat?

If you’ve ever wished for a reusable version of parchment paper, then you need to invest in a durable and professional baking mat. You can even find specialty baking mats, such as ones with guide markups for cookies, macarons, donuts, and more that you certainly can’t find with baking sheet paper. These mats have the ideal shape and size printed onto the surface of the mat for you to use as a guide for perfectly identical portions of your batter each time. Beginner and professional bakers alike can agree that this certainly takes the hassle and anxiety out of ensuring even division of your batter every time. Not only do baking mats prevent baked goods from sticking, but they don’t let acids from vegetables ruin the material of your pan if you are using it for roasting. 

How to Use a Silicone Baking Mat

Baking mats are used in the same way parchment paper is and more! Their durability and resistance allow them to be used anywhere from the freezer to the oven and the other way around without tearing or deforming. You simply lay the baking mat onto your baking tray and add whatever it is you will be cooking on top. 

How to Clean Baking Mats

Arguably the best part about silicone baking mats (like De Buyer Silicone Aerated Silicon Mat) is their ability to be reused. You don’t need to worry about running out of your roll of parchment paper anymore, as long as you have a clean silicone baking mat ready in your drawer for the next time. How do you clean a baking mat though? It’s recommended to soak them in warm water if there is significant residue left on them after baking. Afterward, scrubbing with soap and leaving it to dry. Depending on how dirty the mat is, you may want to give it a gentle scrubbing with vinegar or lemon juice to ensure grease and other substances are not stuck between the intricate layers of the material.