“Greener Every Week” is my ongoing series in which I do one (cheap, easy) thing every week to make my home or lifestyle more healthy & eco-friendly.
In my ongoing quest to get chemicals out of my food and my home, I first switched away from non-stick pots and pans, and have recently replaced my non-stick cookie sheets as well. Fortunately this wasn’t nearly as expensive as I thought it might be due to my discovery of these Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheets – at only 11 bucks or so each, they are wonderfully affordable while still being nice and sturdy. Step one accomplished – no teflon on my food!
On to step two: now that I got rid of that non-stick coating, how can I prevent things from, well, sticking?
I have long been in the habit of using parchment paper to line baking sheets (even with non-stick things seem to want to burn on and generally make cleaning up a pain, don’t they?), but the more I do to try to make my day-to-day life less wasteful, the more it was bugging me to throw away all that paper.
First I started buying recycled parchment paper, but then even that seemed sort of unnecessary once I heard about silicone baking mats. These bad boys are so cool! They are just thin silicone sheets that you lay right on your cookie sheet instead of parchment. So far nothing I’ve tried has stuck to them, and they are super easy to wash (and dishwasher safe)! There’s several brands but these ones were the best deal I could find since you get three in the set, making them only $10 each. Since parchment paper is about 3-5 dollars per roll, this will end up being a cost effective choice fairly quickly (seriously, those rolls of parchment seem to run out way too fast). As with so many of the other changes I’ve made, this eco-friendly choice has also turned out to be the inexpensive, convenient one too, so hooray for that!
Has anyone tried these? Do you love them as much as I do?
Note: Nobody has paid me in any way to endorse these products, I just genuinely like them and want to share my enthusiasm with you. If you click the link and buy them from Amazon I’ll make like 37 cents through their affiliate program, so that would be sweet, but that’s the only compensation happening around here.