Silicone baking mats have been used for years in commercial kitchens. But recently, they’ve made their way into home kitchens and it’s easy to understand why. Food-grade silicone is made from an organic material called silicon, which is Earth’s second most abundant resource next to oxygen. It doesn’t break down, degrade, or leach toxic chemicals into food or liquid, it can withstand high heat and freezing temps, and it’s fully recyclable. Silicone is an excellent alternative to plastic and paper, and provides a reliable non-stick surface for cooking, baking, and broiling. They also keep your baking sheets in great condition, and help produce consistently beautiful bakes because they evenly distribute heat and allow your finished product to release without sticking. But how do you choose the right mat for your culinary needs? Keep reading—we have you covered.