Has Anybody Bought Ateco Work Mat?

Decorating By melisv Updated 11 Oct 2016 , 7:13pm by maybenot

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melisv Posted 1 Oct 2016 , 1:55am
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I've been thinking of buying a new silicone mat primarily for kneading and rolling fondant. Im leaning on buying the one made by Ateco.


https://www.amazon.com/Ateco-Inch-Silicone-Work-Mat/dp/B001FOPSGG/ref=sr_1_10?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1475254226&sr=1-10&keywords=silicone+fondant+mat


But im having second thoughts because I read in the reviews that it splits after some use? Has anybody tried using it? What's your experience using it?


Thanks!

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maybenot Posted 2 Oct 2016 , 10:18pm
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I have it, but I don't like it.  I roll my fondant on a smear of crisco and I find that the Ateco mat has become impossible to clean properly.  No matter what, it builds up static and becomes a dust magnet and remains sticky--and I've tried EVERYTHING.

My preferred surface is one piece of The Mat [https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_8?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+mat+fondant&sprefix=the+mat+%2Caps%2C241], held to the counter with water.  I wipe on some shortening and then wipe it off.  I clean it with warm water and some Dawn, let it dry, roll it into a tube for the next time.  It's so cheap using just one piece that I have no issue replacing it when needed.  I don't cut with anything sharp on it, so it usually lasts a year.

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savannahquinn Posted 9 Oct 2016 , 1:37am
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I have it and I love it.  I had The Mat to roll fondant, like two vinyl sheets that you roll fondant in between and I HATED it.  But I love my blue mat....I roll fondant on it and I can also flip it and place the fondant and peel mat away. HTH


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maybenot Posted 9 Oct 2016 , 2:20am
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I don't flip my fondant--I pick it up on my rolling pin so that the rolled-on side of the fondant is the surface visible on the cake,  That's why I only use one piece of The Mat.  I hate having the sticky side of the fondant up .

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melisv Posted 9 Oct 2016 , 7:32am
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can I knead fondant on The Mat? I have a feeling it will keep sliding when I knead.

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melisv Posted 9 Oct 2016 , 7:34am
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How long have you had your ateco mat and do you use it often? How well does it hold up? The splitting incidents mentioned in amazon worries me.

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maybenot Posted 11 Oct 2016 , 7:13pm
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Quote by @melisv on 2 days ago

can I knead fondant on The Mat? I have a feeling it will keep sliding when I knead.

I "stick" the piece of The Mat to the counter using water.  I wipe the area with a wet paper towel.  I apply The Mat and then squeegee out the excess water using a plastic dough scraper.  The vinyl never moves and can stay stuck that way for days on end. 

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