There are four ways I refuse baking paper and aluminium foil.
The first is using cookware made from durable and easy to clean material such as glass and stainless steel. I was also given some silicone bakeware once and that works quite well too.
The second is to grease pans with butter or oil to create a non-stick surface.
The third is to reuse my butter wrappers, which are made from parchment paper, to line my trays.
And the fourth way is by using a reusable Teflon baking sheet which I got 3.5 years ago. In 2015 I couldn’t find anything else like this. Silicone mats where just that, thick mats that could not fold into pans. I only bought one Teflon sheet and it was large enough to cut into two very useful pieces. I was told it would last for one or two years with heavy use, so I’m pleased to say that it has lasted much longer than this. However, now it is tearing when I wash it (probably because people have accidently cut it with a knife), so I’ve put it into semi-retirement by cutting it into a circle to it fit in my dehydrator. The scraps are landfill.
I decided having a reusable baking sheet was worth the investment so I began looking for a replacement. Since I bought my Teflon sheet, Agreena 3 in 1 Wraps have come on the market. They’re made from silicone and claim to be a replacement for cling wrap as well as baking paper and aluminium foil. That appealed to me, even though I’ve been using alternatives to cling wrap for years, because I find that we prefer to see the food when it is wrapped or sealed (can help reduce food waste) and it’s good just to have another multi use product in the kitchen to give me more options and flexibility (without having a lot of things). I’d also seen some great feedback about them so I bought a packet of the XL Bakers Sheets.
I’ll let you read more about Agreena Wraps through the links I have provided above and just tell you about my experience here.
In short, my Agreena 3 in 1 Wraps are useful as food covers and excellent as baking sheets, especially for dehydrating food in the oven, but not as good as I’d hoped they’d be for sealing and acting like cling wrap.
To begin with they were so tacky that they were near-impossible to use. They would stick to themselves and everything else. It was even hard to wash them. I wasn’t worried at this stage though, because the instructions explain that after a couple of washes they become much easier to work with. This was true, after only a couple of washes I no longer had this problem. However, now they don’t stick to much at all including themselves.
The wraps were feeling greasy so I washed them several times as instructed by hand and machine. The greasiness feels like it’s gone but the stickiness hasn’t come back. I’ve tried them on different materials and have made sure everything is clean and dry, but still the same result.
As I said, I still find them useful for covering food and as an excellent baking sheet, plus I can keep them out of landfill at the end of their life by sending them back to Agreena for recycling, so I don’t regret buying them, they just don’t quite live up to my expectations.
Do you have any experience with Agreena 3 in 1 Wraps, what are your thoughts?