A Review of the Roul’Pat Workstation
I watch a lot of cooking shows, and have always seen the chefs using Silpat baking mats. I’ve always looked at them as a somewhat pricy non-essential kitchen item. I mean, I’m good with parchment. I like the way parchment works on cookie sheets. End of thought process.
So, I like working with bread, and dough-type things (scones anyone?) and my ancient “flexible pastry mat” was nearing the end of it’s life. It didn’t do a lot anyway, besides give me a slightly bigger area to work on than a cutting board when making pie and pizza dough. It wasn’t easy to clean, and was in no way nonstick. I decided I’d start looking for a replacement before the cracks rendered it completely useless.
I was a little skeptical initially, given my feelings on parchment paper. However, after reading the reviews I decided to splurge and hoped for the best. Quite possibly, besides my stand mixer, the best kitchen purchase I ever made.
The Roul’Pat is made by Sasa Demarle, the makers of the Silpat. The design and markings are similar, as are the size options: Half Size (11-5/8” x 16-1/2”) Full Size (16-1/2” x 24-1/2”) and Large Size (23” x 31-1/2”). It has the same silicone composition, with the addition of a non-slip backing because this isn’t designed for baking, it’s designed as a counter top “workstation.” I opted for the Full Size.
Let me tell you, the Roul’Pat is a dream! Whether I am kneading bread dough, pizza dough or pie dough, I don’t need extra flour. It doesn’t shift or roll up while I’m trying to use it. It wipes up easily and rolls compactly for storage in my drawer (I keep it rolled around one of my rolling pins). It’s just awesome.
The only thing I have to remember is not to use a bench press to portion dough, because the silicone can be damaged and the insides are fiberglass mesh. If you compromise the coating, you don’t want fiberglass in your food. Also, I’ve read online to not use any kind of oily substance as it will leave a mess (similar to not using sprays on stainless steel pans). Even with those caveats, I still highly recommend this purchase, even with the slightly more expensive price tag.
I may even send MY Roul’Pat a Christmas card this year.
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