TFX NonStick! vs Silicone Baking Mats September 04 2013, 0 Comments

For people looking for a nonstick surface for their cooking and baking, their options are parchment paper, aluminum foil, PTFE sheets or silicone baking mats. But what option should you choose?

Parchment paper and foil aren't completely nonstick. You must throw away parchment paper and foils after each use, which is not an affordable option and produces a lot of unnecessary landfill waste. Foils should be used with caution, as the acid from tomato can break it down. Leaving parts of it in the food. There are two types of reusable nonstick products that are popular to use. PTFE sheets like the TFX NonStick! or silicone baking mats.

Silicone baking mats are fiberglass mesh covered with silicone. It is a fairly thick product and not very flexible. You can roll it but you cannot fold it. TFX NonStick! is a high quality PTFE sheet and is much thinner and flexible. You can roll it and fold it. PTFE is a type of plastic called Polytetrafluoroethylene that is coated on a woven mesh.

So what are the pros and cons of each product and what product is best for you?

 Silicone Baking Mats  TFX NonStick!
 

Pros

  • Stays in place while using it
  • Nonstick surface
  • Microwave safe
  • Can shape the silicone mat into a form such as a cupcake form
 
Pros
  • Most nonstick surface available
  • Cut to fit size and shape needed
  • Can use oil and butter on the product
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Can be cleaned with soap
  • Does not retain smell or taste
  • Can be used in a skillet for cooking
  • Can be placed in glassware or ceramic bowls
Cons
  • Cannot be used in dishwasher
  • Should not be washed with soap
  • Cannot use with oil or butter
  • Cannot cut to size
  • Its thickness can alter the way products bake
  • Eventually gets sticky and retains smell and taste
 
Cons
  • Cannot cut with a knife on the product
  • The product line looks similar to parchment paper. 
    (However, the TFX NonStick! products are offered in black to eliminate any issues.)
  • Cannot shape the material into a form such as cupcake form

Most of cooking and baking needs are better served by the TFX NonStick! products. However, silicone is an excellent material to use for such thing as spatials, mittens, cup cake forms, etc. Both materials provide a reusable surface that last 1,000+ times so even though they are an investment initially. With time, it saves money considerably compared to parchment paper and for some applications aluminum foils.

For more information on silicone baking products; conduct a web search to find several product websites. To learn more about TFX NonStick! products visit the TFX NonStick! website. The TFX NonStick! website will provide detailed information about their product lines and how it will save you time, money and work!