For years I have had a Silpat-like mat. Mostly it was hidden in my cupboard. Recently I have tried a number of cost-cutting measures in the interest of family solidarity. I had been purchasing annually two or more big packages of half-sheet-pan sized parchment paper since so many recipes call for that.
Since one package of the parchment at King Arthur Flour costs almost as much as a new genuine Silpat, I thought I would wait until I was totally out of parchment paper then purchase a Silpat.
That day arrived!. I ordered a Silpat last Friday. The Silpat arrived yesterday (Tuesday) and I immediately used it -- along with a second pan on the Silpat-like mat I had previously owned. I also used it this morning, Wednesday.) It works perfectly!
One caution that I must remind myself: it is supposed to be stored flat, NOT folded. I will have to be creative and figure out a place to do that.
(This is where the Harvest Bonus Tip comes in--roast your vegetables!) So far I have just roasted two big batches of broccoli. They both came out well on the real Silpat and only pretty well on the imitation Silpat. I think cherry tomatoes roast up very well and hope to roast some of them soon.
Cookies are coming up soon, too. I have heard that some cookies do less well on Silpat. I hope this is not correct. Of course, I do not make cookies all that often. I wonder if Silpat will work with cinnamon buns....