This is part of a series of posts on tools that have made my life in the kitchen easier and more productive.
My friend got me a Slipat for Christmas back in 2008. And it was a very good choice for a gift for me. I never would have gotten it myself. I wouldn't have wanted to fork over the $20 for a mat to bake on ($20 is a lot of money in a single income home with a young child to spend on a non-esstential kitchen item). I have found the Slipat to be one of my most commonly used kitchen items. It's save me from having to spend more money on parchment paper for baking. I also use to roll out doughs or just a place to rest some dough while I lube up a bowl. And I find them to be very easy to clean, much more so than the cheap $1 silicone mat I bought at the dollar spot at Target. I am sure I have saved enough money since I got the thing in not buying parchment paper than the Slipat costs. So if your like me and don't want to spend extra money on “fancy” kitchen items, I recommend you find somewhere in your budget to pick one of these up, especially if you bake at least once a week.