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Best nonstick mat for rolled fondant

post #1 of 33
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Maybe I am just not smart enough to find it, but if there is a post discussing the best nonstick mats, it eludes me. I live in a very humid part of the states and my fondant sticks to every surface I try. I have found an Ateco mat, as well as a couple of others, but would love some feedback on which ones are really worth it. Thanks in advance!!!
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post #2 of 33
At the suggestion of someone here on CC, I bought a couple of yards of clear vinyl. It is sold in the fabric department at Walmart on huge rolls. I had bought some earlier in the year just to protect my tablecloth but never thought about using it as a non-stick surface. Works great.
post #3 of 33
Hi, since I do my fondant creating at work (on the sly of course) I simply use heavy duty aluminum foil with a crisco film on it. No problems what so ever. HTH
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post #4 of 33
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Thank you both so much. My husband's suggestion was to google it, find the most expensive mat and buy that one. This is the TOTAL OPPOSITE of how I think and I knew there would be wisdom out here. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
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post #5 of 33
I ditto the WalMart vinyl... I have a huge sheet, it's about 4 feet wide by 6 feet long, I paid something like $2.50/yd for it... love it!
post #6 of 33
I use the vinyl too. I used to have two silicone mats that I used for small detail work, but fondant sticks to silicone and not to vinyl, so I cut a piece of vinyl the exact size of my kitchen counter and I use that. The vinyl I bought at Walmart was too thin, so I bought some a little thicker at Hobby Lobby and that works great.
post #7 of 33
I bought the large blue ATECO mat after borrowing it at a fondant class I took and I fell in love with it! I had to have one! Fondant rolled out like a dream and the thing I loved the most was that due to its flexibility, I could just turn the mat over on my cake to place my fondant. No more tears! If you google, you can find it fairly cheap. I think I paid 28 dollars for it. Best of luck and HTH!
post #8 of 33
My WalMart had many different thicknesses on upholstery rolls.... I think I chose the 3rd one down (thinnest being the first one on the rack). I also cut to the size of my counter and I lay that awful Wilton 'you'll never find a way to get it to lay flat' fondant mat under it and it's awesome for measuring now!
post #9 of 33
I LOVE my Ateco mat. Wouldn't use anything else.
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post #10 of 33
My question is this, I had the wilton mat to roll on and of course I wasn't thinking but I cut my fondant on it after I rolled it out. I put cut marks on the mat. Can you cut on the vinyl mat? I do this at home and don't have a lot of surface to work with. Hope this makes sense, my allergies are killing me and I can't put my thoughts together!!lol
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by chilz822

...and I lay that awful Wilton 'you'll never find a way to get it to lay flat' fondant mat under it and it's awesome for measuring now!



I do that, also. I got the medium thickness of vinyl from Hobby Lobby. I also cut some smaller pieces for when I'm working with small amounts of fondant or gumpaste for details or figures and don't need the large vinyl sheet.
post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by 282513

My question is this, I had the wilton mat to roll on and of course I wasn't thinking but I cut my fondant on it after I rolled it out. I put cut marks on the mat. Can you cut on the vinyl mat? I do this at home and don't have a lot of surface to work with. Hope this makes sense, my allergies are killing me and I can't put my thoughts together!!lol



You can, but just don't press too hard when cutting. The first time I used my pastry cutter, I did cut through the vinyl. It was my first time working with fondant and then I realized I really didn't need to cut that hard, anyway. Good luck!
post #13 of 33
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Y'all are too too great! There's still a ball of yellow fondant stuck to my wall as a reminder to start asking questions and stop assuming I know - 'cause I don't!!! Things look so easy, but all the tutorials in the world don't necessarily help out with the "obvious" stuff!! Thanks again!
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post #14 of 33
I had used my Ateco mat for years with no cuts, that was until I got the Wilton double pastry wheel. It's so sharp it cut right thru my mat.
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post #15 of 33
Is the Ateco mat a neutral color with blue borders and measuring lines? I found one stuck in my "tall things" box. icon_smile.gif I do NOT remember buying it, but it is 24x36" and I'm wondering if this is what you folks use. One of these days I am going to start doing fondant cakes ...
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