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Eric Wynkoop - Open Office Hours

This event was on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Eric Wynkoop in his virtual office as he welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to ask anything – from cooking techniques to co… Read More.



What is the best way to clean a silpat? They end up greasy or browned.

— Brandy Shattuck


So a Silpat for all of you out there is a brand name for silicone baking mats. And there are a number of different brands out there. Silpat is a popular one. And hence that brand has come to identify the product itself. Okay? So, you know keep in mind that. These you know silicone your non-stick cooking mats will deteriorate over time and part of the deterioration process is Browning. So on one hand, we have stains that can be wiped off and on the other hand. We have a darkening of the surface that cannot be cleaned. Okay. You know, in fact these mats have a maximum recommended temperature in terms of your oven setting and it's often in the neighborhood of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. And you know, if you use them at that maximum temperature or Beyond they will Brown pretty quickly. Okay, so do keep that in mind. But otherwise, you know in terms of cleaning a Silpat or a similar silicone mat, you know, the the best luck that you know I've had with is to apply. I a detergent of your choice, you know, whatever that happens to be in the kitchen and use a scrubby and this is where I like to use a a more delicate scrubby not that harsher green one that I referenced a moment ago, but a more delicate scrubby on both sides and then just rinse it thoroughly and sometimes that needs to be done to or three times depending on just what was cooked on the mat and it just what type of fat and how much of that fat is Left Behind. Okay, and and then and then you're good to go. Okay, you know at You know, I haven't done this in any sort of a controlled setting but it seems that sometimes that as these masks get older that that oiliness might be more difficult to clean off. I'm not sure it could possible possibly be that the that the surface of the mat is changing and simply starts to feel different. It's just a hypothesis, you know, I'm not sure but that's my approach to cleaning those silicone baking mats. Give it a try. Thank you.
Eric Wynkoop

Eric Wynkoop

Director of Culinary Instruction