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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Rolling Mat…and the Biscuit Quest Has Begun!

The other day on Facebook I asked if anyone had a biscuit recipe to share. Responses came POURING in (click here to read them). I now have more “this is the best biscuit recipe” biscuit recipes than I can shake a rolling pin at! I’ve already made two batches of biscuits. I’ll just keep it up and let you know what ends up being my favorite recipe!

So, anyway, as I was making all these biscuits, I realized I should do a post about my Tupperware rolling mat a.k.a. pastry sheet a.k.a. pastry mat. My Grandma Blomquist gave me this rolling mat when I got married. I grew up watching both she and my mom use the exact same mat. And, I have to be honest, I didn’t really use mine much until recently.

I think I always just used the countertop or one of my cutting boards when I was rolling stuff out or working with dough. But I’m discovering that the rolling mat is actually pretty awesome. Here are the various reasons that I am fast falling in love:

  • The rolling mat is easier to clean up than a messy countertop, especially if you have tile counters.
  • It’s bigger than a cutting board, so you have a larger working area. The surface is also textured perfectly for working with dough.
  • It has measured circles and a ruler along the bottom. This is incredibly handy!
  • If you own a rolling pin, it won’t take up any extra storage space – just roll it up around your rolling pin for storage.
  • Every time I look at it I think of my grandma. (Okay, maybe this isn’t as helpful for you, but you can think of me thinking of my grandma and that might make you smile, right?)

There you have it. Rolling mats a.k.a. pastry sheets a.k.a. pastry mats are great!

You can search for rolling mats on Amazon or head on over to Tupperware to get one.

Oh, and this biscuit recipe from Homesick Texan was pretty darn yummy! More biscuit love to come…


14 Comments »

  1. 1
    ryvir

    It totally tripped me out seeing that mat. My great grandma had one when I was little. I always thought it was something she sent away out of a BHG magazine or the like. I’m glad they still make them.

    • Jane Maynard

      love that I could trip you out! the new version that tupperware makes is green…I have to say I’m so glad I have the white one since that’s what I my grandma has. πŸ™‚

  2. I remember my mom had that mat, I wish I had one. I love making biscuits! πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      I know, I’m so glad I have the old white and red one! makes me happy πŸ™‚

      and, go ahead and share your biscuit recipe, I may as well add another to the list! πŸ™‚

  3. 3
    Emily

    Are these difficult to clean? I like the concept of this but I have never liked using those Silpat cookie mats because I always felt like it was difficult to clean (greasy, slippery, etc).

    • Jane Maynard

      no, not at all. totally different than a silpat, this doesn’t get greasy and it’s also a different texture to begin with.

      that said…I LOVE my silpats. and you actually don’t need to get them squeaky clean – in fac,t I believe you’re not even supposed to use soap when you clean them (although I do sometimes)…but the “greasy” feel is okay on the silpat, it’s made for that.

      hope that’s all helpful! πŸ™‚

  4. Oh I’ll have to look for one of those, that sounds great!

  5. Oh my gosh. I have one of those rolling mats that I got for a wedding gift back in the mid-70’s (yes, I’m *that* old). I need to dig that thing out and dust it off.

  6. Love this! I definitely have to pick up one of those rolling mats because your biscuits look absolutely perfect. Thanks for the tip!

  7. LOVE THIS… now I need to get myself one πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing. xo

  8. I had to go look at the brand of my mat – I have an old Tupperware one, too! Mom gave it to me when I moved out of their house. πŸ™‚ And those biscuits look awesome!

  9. So much nostalgia for those Tupperware mats! Over the years, my grandma and I made hundreds of apple pies on one of those mats!

  10. 10
    Alice E

    I think I still have one of those somewhere, will have to look it up. The texture is more like the thin flexible cutting mats that a silpat.

    For all the readers who don’t have one yet, I have a make-do suggestion. When I need to pat out biscuits, or such I grab the box of freezer paper, tear off a big square, and fold down the (untorn) sides an inch. This fold keeps it from rolling up, and the shiny side works wonderfully for patting out biscuits, pizza dough, or even holding the unbaked cookies while the cool and harden. It then can be folded up and put in the trash and that saves lots of cleanup.

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