at the Water's Edge

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Product Review: The PhatMat

*Note: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review with my own personal opinions.

I jumped at the chance to review this product because it's something I've been wanting to try for a long time. The PhatMat is a food-grade silicone baking mat made to replace parchment paper or to use in place of oils and sprays on baking sheets. It retails for $39.99 on Amazon (currently on sale for $24.99) and comes in a nice storage tube with two silicone baking mats and one grill mat -- perfect for grilling smaller items that you don't want falling through the crack or just as a barrier between your food and the grill grate. It cleans up easily with water and soap. It says that you can put it in the dishwasher, but you have to be careful about it. Probably best to quickly hand wash.

I tried out the baking mats tonight while I made these (amazing) Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction.  I must say, I am truly impressed with these baking mats. They are about the size of a half sheet pan, but worked okay on my slightly smaller cookie sheet, too. It truly is a no-mess way to bake.

When I took the cookies out of the oven, I tried lifting up one of the cookies right away, and it just slid off the bottom with zero stick. And, yes, the cookies are delicious! Thanks, PhatMat, for encouraging me to bake!

I'm really excited to give these mats a try with some other baked goods and to get the grill mat going. If only it weren't the middle of winter... oh well, there's always pulling the grill right against the slider door!

The other thing I like about the PhatMat is that it  helps keep your cooking sheets from getting gross. You know what I mean? Eventually, mine always tarnish or get something baked on that just will not come off -- to the point that they look nasty and I have to kind of wonder about baking on them.

Plus, stuff does still stick to a plain baking sheet sometimes, even when greased. Parchment paper I tend to use most for bread or pizza, but this could even replace that, I think -- it's at least big enough for my thin crust pizzas when I make two smaller ones. And, the grill mat would work for grilled pizza and might not require the oil I normally use (which tends to flare up the fire below...).

I may have more PhatMat adventures soon and more feedback to share, but from my first experience, I am giving this product two thumbs up! Who knows, perhaps I'll start baking more now!

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Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Copernicus. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!