Cookina, makers of reusable grilling and baking sheets, has come out with the CookinaReusable Cooking Sheet, a non-stick alternative to waxed paper, parchment paper and aluminum foil that’ll keep your oven and baking pans clean.
This reversible and reusable sheet is made of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), considered by most experts to be a safer coating that creates a non-stick surface or fabric. It’s free of PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid), a synthetic chemical that, while the EPA doesn’t say is a health hazard, has been found in low levels in the environment and even in the bloodstreams of samples of people in the United States.
The non-stick quality of the Cookina Reusable Cooking Sheet enables you to cook without oils and clean-up is quick and easy. After washing and cutting the 15.7 x 25 inch sheet to fit a cookie sheet, we used the cooking sheet to bake off some left-over pie crust (with butter and cinnamon and sugar of course). We’ve been having trouble with our crust baking up too brown, but it came out perfectly with the Cookina Cooking Sheet.
The sheet comes with a plastic basting brush, which we used to spread the melted butter, and a small scrub pad. (Since the manufacturer says not to use any scrubbing materials on the sheet, we’re unsure what the scrub pad is for.) For clean-up, we simply wiped the sheet’s non-stick surface clean with a damp cloth (you can also use soapy water). (When food begins to stick on the sheet, you need to replace the sheet.)
The Reusable Cooking Sheet is oven safe to 500 degrees F. and you can also use it in the microwave oven, or on indoor grills, sandwich makers, and even propane and charcoal BBQs (no open flame). (Cookina also makes a BBQ Reusable Grill Sheet and we love this product. You can read our review here.)
Because this is a plastic product, you need to use plastic or wooden utensils and avoid sharp implements like knives, which can cut the surface. If Cookina’s Reusable Cooking Sheet is anything like the BBQ sheet, this is a sturdy product that will last for a long time. We’re going to bake with this for a while and see if that’s true and we’re going to put the other half in our oven to keep it clean. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor