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Nonstick grill and oven mat

Perfect Cooking Companion

Frequent grillers know all about the inconveniences of backyard barbecuing. Food sticks to the grill, small pieces fall through the gaps, and marinades get lost to the flames. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Cookina is a griller’s new best friend, introduced to the U.S. by Alain Richard of the Poirier Richard company in Quebec. It’s a flexible fabric mat with a nonstick surface that can withstand heat up to 500 degrees. The reusable mat works as an alternative to aluminum foil or parchment paper. Food doesn’t stick
to it, so you can use less oil in your cooking. It keeps vegetables and flaky fish from falling through the grates of the grill, and sauces and marinades stay with your food (vegetables, meats, fish, pizza, kabobs, eggs, you name it) instead of dripping into the grill. Cookina does all this without sacrificing an important barbecue aesthetic: grill marks. It’s thin enough that you can still obtain the perfect grill marks on your foods.

The multifunction Cookina is equally impressive in the kitchen, as a baking sheet or as a liner for ovens and microwaves. After each use, cleanup is simple. Just wipe the double-sided mat clean with warm, soapy water, and it won’t hold onto any food odors. Where has this been all our lives?

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  • Alain
    Alain

    We are happy that Daily Grommet has chosen Cookina grill mats to share with you today. These mats are new to the US market but are common in New Zealand and Australia where they originated as a way to ensure a clean grilling surface when using the public beach grills. Enjoy the video and story to see all the benefits of these mats and if you have any questions let me know!

  •  Sam
    Sam
    4/24/12 12:27 PM

    This seems like a great idea! How big are the sheets?

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    4/24/12 12:35 PM

    @ Sam

    Barbecue = 15.75 IN X 19.68 IN (2.15 SQ.FT.)

    Cuisine = 15.75 IN X 25.98 IN (2.84 SQ.FT.)

  •  Mike
    Mike
    4/24/12 12:35 PM

    Hi Alain,

    One of the biggest clean-up problems I have is with using a broiling pan in the oven, as the grease/fat from the meat tends to burn onto the pan. Because the pan is too large to soak in the sink, it can be a real pain to clean.

    Would either of your mats be appropriate for use with an oven broiling pan?

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    4/24/12 12:43 PM

    @ Mike

    No problem as long as you don't go above 500F and that the Cooking Sheet doesn't touch directly any heating element

  •  Spencer
    Spencer
    4/24/12 12:50 PM

    good afternoon Alain -

  • Spencer
    Spencer
    4/24/12 12:54 PM

    Does the BBQ mat withstand higher heat then 500 F ?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/12 12:58 PM

    @Spencer 500 degrees Fahrenheit is its max.

  •  siddhi
    siddhi
    4/24/12 1:05 PM

    Hi! Can the mat be used on all types of grills? Electrical, gas and charcoal?

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    4/24/12 1:19 PM

    @ siddhi Of course

  •  scott
    scott
    4/24/12 1:09 PM

    What material are these mats made from? We always worry about the content of "non-stick" surfaces.

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    4/24/12 1:19 PM

    It's a mix of fiberglass and PTFE with no PFOA

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    4/24/12 1:20 PM

    with no PFOA

  •  Jenny
    Jenny
    5/28/12 3:55 PM

    @Alain Richard

    Isn't PTFE the same as TEFLON, which is not so good for our bodies or the environment???

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/30/12 9:52 PM

    @ Jenny: Great question. Alain is away on a trip in Asia, so stay tune for an answer.

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    6/7/12 1:38 PM

    @ Jenny: PTFE is FDA approved and has been used in commercial applications for more than 40 years.This type of material has been used by every fast food restaurant, bread producer and numerous other commercial food producers since the early 1960s.

    Q: What is your Cookina made of?

    A: It’s a composite Fluoro Polymer plastic combining two extremely high-grade compounds coated and encapsulated

    around a fabric carcass, resulting in a tough, economical, flexible cooking sheet. The basic chemical component is PTFE.

    Q: What is PTFE?

    A: PTFE is a chemical connection that was discovered in 1938 by Roy Plunkett of the DuPont company. PTFE was introduced as a commercial product in 1949. In 1954, the French engineer Marc Grégoire created the first pan coated with PTFE. PTFE is a plastic with the lowest friction coefficient. It is used as non-stick layer

    in all sorts of pans. PTFE is particularly non-reactive and consequently is used in all kinds of applications, from medicine to storage and transport of reactive chemicals. PTFE is chemically

    inert and non-toxic, although at a temperature of above 500ºF (260ºC) its quality begins to deteriorate and above 662ºF (350ºC) it will begin to evaporate. By way of comparison, butter and other fats used to bake and roast begin to scorch and smoke above

    392ºF (200ºC). As a rule to prevent burning, meat should not be heated to more than 500ºF (260ºC). Cooking utensils placed empty on a heated cooking plate can reach temperatures

    of over 662ºF (350ºC). After research conducted in 1959 by the American FDA, PFTE was approved to be used incooking utensils. The research showed that any harm from vapours originating

    from the excessive heating of an empty pan is less than that of common oils and fats.

    PTFE does not break down, is cumulative, and can be found in the environment, wildlife and bloodstream of humans. In our daily life, PTFE is everywhere. In anti-wrinkle creams and treatments, auto engine parts, camping equipment and outdoor clothing, carpets and rugs, clothing, computer chips, curling irons, dental floss, electrical insulation, fast food containers, furniture, beds, gardening equipment, hair dryers, house paint, kitchen utensils, light bulbs, luggage, medicine containers, microwave popcorn bags, pet bedding, leashes and collars, prosthetic devices and

    reconstructive surgery, razor blades and shaving foam, solar panel coatings, eyewear with scratch-resistant lenses, stain repellents, surgical instruments, and umbrellas — to name a few.

  •  Liz
    Liz
    4/24/12 1:30 PM

    What is the difference between the bbq mat and cuisine mat? Can they be used in each others designated locations or should only the bbq mat be used on bbq and cusinine in oven?

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    4/24/12 1:33 PM

    The Barbecue can also be used in the oven but do not use the COOKINA Cuisine on the barbecue!!!!

  •  Anne
    Anne
    4/24/12 2:59 PM

    is this like silpat?

    @Alain Richard

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    4/24/12 3:04 PM

    It looks like it but not the same thing

  •  wendy
    wendy – Grommet Team
    4/24/12 5:06 PM

    From our user experience, if you are just going to use this to bake in the oven or toaster oven, you should get the Cuisine. The Barbecue gives you the flexibility to use either on the grill or in the oven. However, once you use it on the grill, I think you would continue using it on the grill and get a separate one to line your oven or to use while baking. We are seeing less burnt meat with our Cookina mat -- Say goodbye to those grill flame flair ups caused my the oil in marinades. . .

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    4/25/12 6:33 AM

    Well said Wendy!

  •  Cindy Jenkins
    Cindy Jenkins
    4/25/12 7:25 PM

    You're out of stock. Now what?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/26/12 11:22 AM

    @ Cindy Jenkins: The cooking sheets have literally being flying off the shelf. We just received some more. We're glad you managed to get yours this morning. Thank you for supporting this wonderful Grommet.

  •  Kimberly
    Kimberly
    4/28/12 3:30 PM

    We just purchased thi product from Daily Grommet. We have an electric grill (George Foreman). Can we place the mat directly on the grill?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/30/12 1:47 PM

    @ Kimberly: You can use the BBQ Cooking Sheet on electrical, gas and charcoal grills. So, you can use the mat on your electrical grill. Please read the info in the DETAILS tab (under the video) of the page where the Grommet is featured about suggested sizing & not obstructing air flow. Enjoy!

  •  Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    5/14/12 5:34 PM

    Does the Bar BQ sheet have holes in it so you get the charcoal barbq taste?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/15/12 1:06 PM

    @ Elizabeth: The BBQ sheet does not have holes; this helps keep small pieces from not falling through the gaps of the grill & keep the marinade & sauces on your food, making them more tender, juicy and tasty! The sheet is thin enough that you can still obtain the perfect grill marks on your foods.

    If you want more of the charcoal BBQ flavor, after you finish cooking the food on the cooking sheet, you can put the food directly on the grill for a few mins. Thank you for your interest.

  •  Aunt Bea
    Aunt Bea
    5/25/12 8:56 PM

    I noticed a comment about cutting this mat to size for additional appliances such as a toaster oven. That concerns me. Would the fiberglas be released or available to touch food if cut?

    Is the mat safe for use? If cut or scratched should it be discarded?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/30/12 9:51 PM

    @ Aunt Bea: Great question. Alain is away on a trip in Asia, so stay tune for an answer.

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    6/7/12 1:17 PM

    @ Aunt Bea: We hope the answers below will make you feel comfortable about using Cookina:

    CUTTING:

    Q: Can I use my Cookina as a cutting surface?

    A: No. Using sharp utensils will damage the product and could cut it.

    Q: Can I cut Cookina?

    A: Yes, you can cut our products with scissors and customize to your needs.

    UTENSILS AND SCRATCHES:

    Q: What type of utensils should I use with my Cookina?

    A: Use either plastic or wooden utensils.

    Avoid sharp utensils as they will scratch the non-stick surface.

    Q: Can I use metal utensils with my Cookina?

    A: To prolong its life, we strongly recommend that you do not use metal utensils with your Cookina. Plastic, wood or PTFE base utensils are a better choice.

    Q: Can I expect to see scratches on my Cookina when using metal spatulas?

    A: Over time your Cookina surface will look used, including scuff marks from any spatula.This is expected and can interfere with the performance of the product.

  •  Cathy
    Cathy
    7/10/12 12:10 PM

    I ordered the grill sheets for my home and the home of my two grown sons. We and they have used it every single time we grilled. it is easy to clean (hooray!), and surprisingly sturdy. We are careful not to use any metal forks. It is really a wonderful invention. Cleaning the grill is not even an issue any more!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/10/12 1:34 PM

    @ Cathy that's wonderful to hear that you are getting so much use out of them. Thanks for letting us know.

  •  Carol
    Carol
    7/11/12 12:31 PM

    Does direct flame exceed the 500 degree temperature limit for your BBQ mat?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    7/11/12 1:42 PM

    @ Carol: Since it's not easy to determine when you might exceed 500 oF, it's advisable to keep the flame not in direct contact with the Cookina BBQ sheet.

    When using the sheet on a BBQ grill, do not cover the entire surface of the grill with the BBQ cooking sheet. Make sure that you don’t obstruct the flow of combustion and ventilation of hot air. You just need to leave enough grill space for hot air to circulate. If needed, you can cut your sheet to the appropriate size.

    In the case of use in a pan, bake at a maximum capacity of 80%. Again, because there is no exact indication of the temperature on the stove, it is hard to determine when you might exceed 500 oF.

  • jean
    jean
    7/12/12 12:57 PM

    While I loved this mat when I first got it, it has disappointed me after a couple months of use. I have cleaned it after each use as best I could, but food started crusting and I have had to use a plastic scrapper to make it smooth. I am no longer using it much. Its large size makes it hard to clean and I have resorted to hosing it down and wiping it down outside on the concrete patio and taking it inside when it has dried.

  • Alain
    Alain – Special Guest
    7/23/12 12:11 PM

    @jean: We're glad you enjoyed using the Cookina Barbecue Sheet. it should be good to last between 500 and 1000 uses, depending on the temperature and the duration of each usage. It lasts a lot longer than aluminum foil ! It is hard to gauge each use so if you are not entirely satisfied with how it is performing now, we will gladly send you a new one so that you can enjoy many more months of usage ! Also, you can cut your Cookina sheet to the size that works best for you.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    7/23/12 12:13 PM

    @jean: Our Customer Support Team will be contacting you directly to get a new sheet to you.

  •  Susan Potter
    Susan Potter
    11/2/12 6:07 PM

    @Alain Richard

    I am worried about the coating, they are now stating that teflon is dangerous to our health. Have these mats been tested since you do state that they are made with the non stick coating like non stick pans? This is a major concern to me.

    Thanks, Susan

  •  Needra Smith
    Needra Smith
    9/4/12 7:12 PM

    I had a big party this weekend with lots of grilling that included hot dogs, hamburgers, hot links and chicken. The cookina made the grilling easier than it's ever been! I just love it. The cleanup was so easy that it makes me want to grill everyday. I originally ordered one but just placed an order for two more, so I can swap them out so the juices don't mix when I grill vegetarian items.

  •  Ron
    Ron
    9/7/12 12:40 PM

    One of the best products I've found for a long time. Absolutely perfect for grilling a variety of foods from fish to meats with sauces.

  •  StarThrower50
    StarThrower50
    9/13/12 3:04 PM

    These look wonderful and I'd love to try them, but I have a problem that perhaps you could solve. My grill is ROUND, not rectangular, and even the smallest sheet would lap over the edges. Could you consider making some sheets in a round shape? Thanks!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/14/12 7:01 PM

    @ StarThrower50: The sheet can be cut easily. Perhaps you can consider this. We'll pass along your request for rounded sheets to the Cookina Team.

  • Valerie
    Valerie
    9/18/12 12:55 PM

    We just used our grilling mat last night for the first time. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who grills out on regular basis. I told my boyfriend that it was worth it just not to hear him curse the chicken for sitcking!

    A++++

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    9/22/12 12:58 PM

    I really was excited to order this for my grill. The first day after receiving it I cooked chicken with skin on (which I hate to do normally due to the flair up's with the fat on the skin) it turned out wonderful no flair up's and crispy cooked to perfection. The clean up was a breeze

    just washing off the sheet and rolling it up for the next grilling. I know it will help to preserve my barbecue with no drippings to clean up.

    Thank you for this wonderful product!!

  • Ronald
    Ronald
    9/22/12 2:54 PM

    This is the best tool for outdoor cooking since the invention of fire. Absolutely the perfect use is for grilling fish and anything with a sauce. Keeps the grill clean and is easy to clean up. I wil never be without one for my cooking needs.

  • Leigh
    Leigh
    9/28/12 9:30 PM

    Sorry,I gave the grill mat too my boyfriend who has been grilling for a very long time. He competes in whole hog BBQ cooking,holding 1st,2nd and third prizes. He used it to cook on his home grill at 400 degrees and it melted to the food. I don't think he wants to try it again.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/1/12 9:07 PM

    @Leigh Porter: The cooking sheets can withstand heat up to 500 degrees. If our boyfriend kept in mind the following and the sheet still melted, please let us know at customersupport@dailygrommet.com:

    - Do not cover the entire surface of your barbecue with the Cookina barbecue sheet.

    - Make sure that you do not obstruct the combustion or the flow of hot air.

    - Make sure you keep sufficient space on the grill to let the hot air circulate.

  •  D. Murphy
    D. Murphy
    10/15/12 7:59 PM

    Oh my gosh, Chicken pot pie just boiled over onto my new mat, I wiped right off!! No waiting for the oven to cool off to get in there to clean it up. Wiped it clean and put it back in there. I couldn't be happier with how this product has performed-Just as promised!

  • Lynne
    Lynne
    11/18/12 10:12 PM

    I ordered cooking sheets but now I am worried about using them in my GE advantium.

    What do u think?

    Lynne Hyman

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/19/12 10:59 PM

    @Lynne Hyman I have two Cookina, one for my regular oven and one for my BBQ. I would be concerned because the GE you mentioned is also a microwave. I'd not put the Cookina in the microwave. Des

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