Silpat mats and I have a love hate relationship. As you already know from my YouTube macaron videos, I love using silpat mats for piping my macaron shells. They are excellent for keeping macaron shells nice and round. (Here are some other tips on how to bake round macarons.) Unlike parchment paper, they are environmentally friendly because you can use them over and over again after cleaning. However, I wish I could say that they are easy to clean though. On numerous occasions when I would hold these floppy mats underneath a running tap for rinsing, the water would invariably get channelled out of the sink and onto my kitchen floor. And if you've ever tried using the bottom of your sink to support the mats as you scrub it, you'll find that it stops the clean running water from flowing down the drain as it quickly plugs up the drainhole just by lying on top of it. The cleanup can cause such a headache after baking that one baker told me they were contemplating using Teflon sheets instead. Another one had a more genius plan which was to "make her husband do it". LOL! Well for those of us who don't have silpat cleaning hubbies or kitchen elves, I've made this video to show you some tricks I use in my kitchen which will make cleaning them a lot easier.
Hope it helps!
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