I love trying new kitchen tools, and I had a chance to do just that over the weekend when I put some new products from COOKINA to the test. The company is known for its unique cooking sheet protectors, which aim to make cooking and cleaning easier.
The first product I tried was COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet. This sheet can be cut to size to fit your cookie sheet pan, and acts in lieu of foil. The idea is that you can clean your pans more easily and also eliminate using cooking oils, since it has a non-stick surface. I thought this was great – I usually put foil on my pans just because they get kind of nasty after a while and I don’t want my precious cookies touching a pan that has years of burnt coating on it. I loved the idea of having both a more permanent substitute for foil along with a nonstick surface to bake on! The only thing to be aware of is that, like a nonstick pan, you should use only utensils that are not metal to lift your cookies and other goodies off the tray.
I whipped up a batch of Almond Ghost Cookies for my first test, and it worked out great! It kept its promise of being nonstick – my cookies came right off with no problem, which I was especially glad about since I was using almond flour and not sure what the texture of the cookies would be like. I’ve only cleaned it once, but so far, so good!
I also received a COOKINA Gard Oven Protector to try out for size. I think I speak for everybody when I say that I hate cleaning the oven, so anything that can make that easier is OK in my book! Like the resuable cookie sheet, this cuts to size, and sits cleanly at the bottom of the oven. It can be wiped clean pretty easily, and I also see a benefit to being able to lift it out and shake it off if needed.
Both the oven protector and cooking sheet can withstand heat up to 500 degrees, so I don’t have to worry about ever overheating them. In all, I think these are pretty handy little items – as far as I can tell, you can’t wash them in a dishwasher, which is the only mild inconvenience I could see. But I spent 29 years washing dishes by hand before I ever had the pleasure of owning a dishwasher, so I’m just spoiled now! 😉
Both the COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet and Gard Oven Protector retail for $12.99 – click here to locate a retailer near you.