Adjusting to oil-free cooking didn’t take me very long, but I did encounter occasional challenges. For example, what to do about baking desserts or roasting vegetables? Like most, I went out and bought parchment paper and have been using it ever since.
That is, until an opportunity to give the COOKINA Cuisine baking sheet liner a try. Says the COOKINA ad copy:
An alternative to parchment paper and aluminum foil:
COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet is an innovative, multipurpose product that creates a non-stick, easy-clean and healthy cooking & baking experience – for all those cookies, cakes and pies! Ideal for using as an alternative to aluminum foil, parchment and wax paper, users can place the cooking sheet on a baking tray to bake recipes without having to use oil or needing to clean the tray afterwards. This sheet is 100% non-stick and PFOA Free, reusable, reversible, easy to clean and easily cuts to size.
Step 1: Place COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet on a baking tray or pan
Step 2: Place food on the sheet
Step 3: Enjoy the easy-to-use, nonstick surface
Step 4: No need to clean a messy pan or oven. Simply wipe the non-stick sheet off and reuse it again!
I don’t know about you, but I’m all for less cleanup and less waste. It drives me crazy every time I have to throw out a sheet of used parchment paper. COOKINA promises to be safe at temperatures up to 500°F and retain its nonstick surface through multiple uses as long as it’s properly cared for.
I first tested the COOKINA sheet when baking a batch of Mark Reinfeld’s awesome mint chocolate chip cookies, which I completely fell in love with at Vegetarian Summerfest:
Since then I’ve used it to bake veggie burgers and warm up pizza. It’s already such a fixture of my kitchen that I automatically reach for it instead of the parchment paper when I need a nonstick baking surface. I haven’t tried roasting any veggies on it yet, but it’s worked out so well with other things that I have no doubt it will be more than adequate.
As promised, the sheet cut to size quite easily and, as a bonus, didn’t stay stubbornly rolled up like parchment paper does. There’s a lot of sheet in the box–2.84sq. ft.–so you can cut several different sizes to meet your needs. It comes with a rather attractive metal ring for storage that slips around the rolled-up sheet to keep it neat when you put it back in the box. There was also supposed to be a special nonabrasive scrubber, but for some reason the sheet I got didn’t come with one.
Turns out this hasn’t really mattered. Everything I’ve cooked on the COOKINA sheet has come off with very little left behind to clean up. What was left wiped right off and the sheet dries pretty quickly. Compared to using parchment, it’s about 30 seconds’ worth of extra cleanup, which you can’t really argue with.
COOKINA Cuisine sheets are available at Cookina.co for $12.99. Which, if you price it out, is a lot cheaper than trying to buy enough Silpats to fit all your pans and should last longer than four boxes of parchment paper. It’s not often you find a product that lives up to its claims of being “ideal,” but in my opinion, COOKINA does!