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9 Reasons Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

Once in a great while, I come across a product that makes me think, “How did I ever live without this??” That’s exactly what happened when I heard about grill mats for the first time! If you’re unfamiliar with grill mats, they’re thin sheets made from heavy duty PTFE (PFOA Free) coated fabric that are non-stick and can withstand high temperatures. The name suggests they’re only good for grilling, but that’s actually just the tip of the iceberg!

I became so infatuated with these amazing mats that I wanted to share just a few of the reasons why I think they are so great! My hope is that by the end of the post, you’ll think these mats are just as amazing as I do! :-)

9 Reasons Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

1. Clean

One of my favorite things about these grill mats is that they can help make post-meal cleanup a lot easier! Cut your grill mats down to fit inside your baking pans, baking sheets, the bottom of your oven, or even underneath your stove burners. The mats are easy to wipe down when they get dirty, and it’ll save you the effort of having to scrub annoying, stuck-on messes!

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

2. Convenient

Not only can grill mats save you the effort of cleaning, but you’ll be saving a lot of time, too! Use the time you would have spent scrubbing dishes to explore a new hobby, or catch up on all those shows taking up space on your DVR.

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

3. Sanitary

Communal grilling stations at parks and campsites are convenient, but who knows how often those things are actually cleaned?! Bring your grill mats along and you won’t have to worry about it! Using a grill mat, your food never has to touch that questionable grate, so you can enjoy your meal (and some peace of mind!)

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

4. Versatile

You can cook just about anything on a grill mat. And I mean anything! You can make steaks, pancakes, and even scrambled eggs! The surface is essentially its own pan or griddle, which makes them great for camping. Put a few in with your camping supplies to revolutionize your cooking experience on your next outing!

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

5. Washable

Reuse your grill mats again and again and again! Just toss them into the top rack of your dishwasher, or wipe them down with a soapy sponge. Easy!

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

6. Safe

These mats are tough, and can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees. Standard grilling happens between 300 and 400 degrees, so there’s no need to worry about the mats accidentally breaking down or melting. And they’re BPA-free, too!

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

7. Healthy

The non-stick surface of the grill mats can reduce the amount of fats or oils you need when cooking. It’s a heathy choice that’s easy to make!

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

8. Flavorful

When you’re grilling, the grill mat will keep the juices or sauces from dripping off your meat. Keep all of that delicious flavor, AND you can still get those beautiful grill marks!

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

9. Adaptable

Use your grill mat on any size cooking surface, or cut it down to whatever size you need.

And while you can do just about anything you want to with these mats, there are a few do’s and don’ts to follow if you want them to last…

Why Every Kitchen Should Have Grill Mats

Grill/Oven Mat Do’s And Don’ts

  • DO wash on the top rack of your dishwasher only.
  • DON’T use over a direct flame. (Feel free to use it over fire, just make sure the flame doesn’t actually touch the mat!)
  • DON’T layer mats on top of each other when cooking.
  • And finally, DON’T use metal utensils, as they can damage the mats.

What’s your favorite way to use grill/oven mats, or which would you like to try?

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  • My favorite use for the grill mat is using it to set my Kitchenaid stand mixer on the mat on my counter top. I can now slide my mixer around easily and no lifting.

  • I was told by my oven repairman to never put anything directly on the bottom of my oven as it would eventually ruin the oven. Under high heat they meld to the bottom and over time, which ruins the oven. Thanks for all the wonderful tips.

  • We tried these grill mats,but they slide in the oven and one fell out as my granddaughter was helping get dinner out,it fell on her foot and was so hot it blistered.

  • what can be used to clean baked on food / grease on gas stove top. the original owner of mine was not as neat as should have been, I have found impossible to clean so far

  • Won’t the grill mat burn with direct heat on a built in glass top stove? What about a oven that has the heating element built into the oven. Directions say not o kay foil on bottom. Is grill mat different? Thank you. I love you hints.

    • We have tested them on a glass stove top and they are amazing – no melting or anything! The mats look new afterwards. Don’t let the mat touch the exposed heating element in your oven, but it can be used on the bottom rack to catch drips and messes. :-)

    • It can be used around/under your gas stove burners, but it can not go on top of them (you can cut out a shape just for the keeping the burner clean, but you can’t set them on the flame from your burner). It can be used in a gas oven :-)

  • We love grill mats! My husband has a round BBQ that hooks to the back of his boat, he cut the mat to fit the rack, and they grill their fresh fish right off the boat. I paid $16.00 for two at the Orange County Fair, I will be ordering from you, you have a great price!!

  • Can you put them in the bottom of electric ovens under the that heating element??? Electric ovens are a pain to clean. They should have made that element removeable for cleaning!!!

  • I love grill mats! I keep one in the bottom rack of my oven at all times and it has saved me many hours of cleanup. Baking on them is great and they clean up so easily.

  • Hi. I second Janice’s question. I am wondering if I can put this right on my glass top stove – covering the entire stove, and just always either put my pot on it, or cook on it directly. I’ve always wanted a commercial drive, where I could flip my healthy stir fry meals right on the stove, sans the pan. After reading just last night about silicone, and some of the comments regarding whether the flavors are affected by silicone – I’d like to hear your take on that. Thank you Jillee.
    Sallie Durette

  • I use mats already for my oven and LOVE them but I didn’t know they could be used for the grill as well. I have the same concerns as others above though…

      • It’s built into most grills. Basically, the way your grill is set up might have the flame lick the grill mat once in a while, but it doesn’t have the grill grate sit right on top of a flame. :-) If you notice a flame right on the surface of your grill, don’t use a grill mat.

  • Thank you Jillee, this looks great! Don’t worry about all the negative comments–some people truly just need to get a life. If you don’t like it, move on little ones!

  • Ok I read through it Twice, did not see Teflon and there BPA free, I think it will be great on the bottom of my oven or lower rack especially when I Bake Sweet potatoes. They run something fierce and stink up the kitchen but love them. Thank you for the info. Never had heard of them but have some on their way.

  • Wow! Interesting that I had never heard of something that has so many uses. Could I keep one in the bottom of my oven at all times and then just wipe it off if something drips? I hate the horrible burnt smell/fumes that come when I use my self-cleaning oven and this might be a great solution. Have you tried this use, Jillee?

  • This looks pretty interesting. I am wondering about the direct flame thing. So can I use it on a grill or no? And what about my gas cook top?
    Thanks in advance for the info.

    • Anna, you can definitely use these on your grill! You just don’t want the flame to touch the mats, is all. So as long as your heat plates (or flame guards) are above the flames, below the grate, you should be just fine.

      I wouldn’t use it on a gas cooktop because the flame would almost definitely be directly touching the mat, which we don’t want. Although you could cut them out to fit around the gas burner to keep things tidy :-)

      Hope you give them a try, Anna! We love using ours!

  • Teflon? Silicon? Plastic? Carbon fiber? Toxic byproducts? Lots of BPA replacements are just as toxic. Can I place on a glass cooktop? Does it go into the bottom of a pan, say a pan of a baked rice casserole to prevent the bottom from burning… I hate bits of food smoking on the bottom of my oven — would a grill mat lie on the oven bottom or on the lowest rack to catch drips? I understand from the post that it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I’d like to know more.

    • They are made from 100% PFOA-Free materials and premium PTFE-Fiberglass coating. They are certified as safe by the FDA. :-)

      No, it cannot be placed directly on your stovetop. Yes, it can go into the bottom of a pan and on the bottom of the oven to catch drips. :-) You can place it on the bottom of the oven, as in the photo, or you can place it on the lowest rack. Just do whatever works best in your oven!

  • If anyone disapproves of your product or information that you disseminate, you have the option to unsubscribe. Thes is called the free marketplace. She has the right to publish information on her website as she sees fit and you have the right to read it or not. We’re all just trying to make a living out here. I’ve been using those things for years and haven’t suffered any ill effects yet and plenty of time to catch up on my DVR recordings!
    Thanks for the info Jillee!!! I appreciate ideas whether I like them all or just a few…

  • How are these different from Silpat mats? I imagine parchment paper could substitute in some cases (other than burning up sometimes : o). I’m intrigued but cautious about adding duplicate things to kitchen. I don’t grill meats so am curious about all non-meat uses.

    • These have a unique fiberglass coating that is FDA approved, safe, and very heat resistant! They are lighter and thiner than Silpat mats, and can stand hotter temperatures. :-) I really love them for preventative cleaning – you can stick them on the bottom of the oven or under your stovetop burners to prevent messes. They also make grilling veggies so much easier!

  • Love your emails! Read them everyday. I am a 63yo retired man and have plenty of time to do or make the things on your site. I especially like the cleaning solutions.
    I have a question about grilling mats: Can I use these stove top? The reason I ask is that when I cook A thick fillet minion I like to sear both sides in an iron skillet, this leaves a rainbow stain on my glass top stove, not to mention the grease spatters. O.K., I can scrub it off but It would be easier to just wipe the stove clean after I do this. Any suggestions?

    • Yes, it can be used on a gas grill. It can be used around/under a gas stovetop to prevent messes (cut it out with a hole where the gas burner goes), but it cannot be placed directly on the stovetop. You don’t want it on an open flame, but it is safe on grill. :-)

  • This is interesting stuff. I usually hang mine in the dishwasher off the back of the top rack using a wooden spring clip (clothes pin) so it stays put and out of the way.

  • Michelle, she has links to them in the article. Look for green underlined parts or hover over any of the phrases Grill Mats. Some of them are not links, most are.

  • #10 I have used these for crafting mats for years. I found them for my oven to catch spills and fell in love with them. I also cut them for my burners, but I think my favorite use is for crafting. Your adhesive will just peel right off once it has dried. It keeps your surface clean and when you are paper crafting, sometimes we end up sticking our adhered photo to our work surface on accident. Not anymore, they just lift right off!

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