Back in October/November I saw these pyramid pan mats advertised on Facebook. I don’t usually take notice of the adverts but this caught my eye as only the night before I had cooked some chicken thighs which had well and truly stuck on a non-stick baking tray. The pan was still soaking in the sink !
I ordered a couple (one for a Christmas gift) and when they arrived, trimmed mine to fit my large 15″ x 10″ baking tray. I believe the original size of the mat was 16.5″ x 11.5″.
To say I was thrilled was an understatement! These mats were brilliant. Fat from the food just drops in-between the pyramids leaving the food to cook crisply on top. They are perfect for chicken thighs, wings, breasts etc., amazing for sausages and burgers (healthy ones of course), and I have even cooked meatballs on them and roasted vegetables.
The sticky, gooey mess on the mat easily comes off when placed in a sink of hot soapy water (I’ve heard that some people even put them in the dishwasher but I haven’t needed to) and I just then rinse them and hang them over the tap to dry. They can be stored rolled-up but I leave mine in the baking tray ready for next time.
A word of warning: Don’t do what I did. As I was so pleased with my mat I decided to buy another couple as I saw them being advertised quite cheaply on Ebay. DO NOT BUY THE CHEAP ONES. It is very true that you get what you pay for. My cheap ones don’t fit my large baking trays (the ones I use most) as they are too small; the silicon seems much thinner and overall they are not as good quality. Lakeland Plastics sell these mats – they are not particularly cheap but very, very worthwhile and I am sure I will be finding plenty more items to cook on them in the future.
NB: All photographs used in this blog have been taken by me.