If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know that I have a lot of well used cooking utensils and bakeware.
When I was a young girl learning to cook and bake, there were not many options when it came to “fancy” equipment.Â You basically used what you had on hand – large bowls, spoons, knives, etc.Â I don’t remember my mother’s kitchen having much beyond a hand and a stand mixer.Â Mostly what you used was what she referred to as “elbow grease” to beat mixtures and knead doughsÂ and “good old sweat and tears” to clean up.Â And, of course, you needed a can opener because so much was prepared out of cans.
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way baby.Â I use my KitchenAid mixer daily.Â I use my large food processor frequently and a smaller one very frequently.Â I have good knives and cutting boards.Â I have a lot of “gadgets” that I use a lot – a microplaner, various scoops, offset spreaders, etc.
But, as I am basically a frugal person, I try not to get caught up in the latest gimmicky items.Â Especially all of the specialty stuff that is sold around the holidays.Â There is one item, however, that I would love to own, but just cannot bring myself to buy and that is some Silpat silicone baking mats.Â They run around $20 each.Â Yikes.
So this is what I do instead.
I buy cartons of parchment paper (from the cheap store).
This stuff is more expensive than waxed paper, and I hate it when you roll it out and it doesn’t cut evenly (I’m anal) and then it curls upÂ on you.
So I raid my husband’s tool chest and borrow his exacto knife and cut nice even rectangular pieces.
One roll will make about 27 sheets of parchment paper, cut to order for my cookie sheets.Â After they are cut, I can place them under a heavy object for a little while and no curling pieces!
No wonder they say,Â “necessity is the mother of invention”!Â I probably could have purchased enough Silpat pads to last a lifetime considering all of the parchment paper I go through.