I had the opportunity to catch Chef Scott working with pulled sugar one morning before my class started. Chef Scott was kind enough to allow me to observe by his side while he boiled the sugar solution and then proceeded to add the color dye into the boiling sugar. He was testing a new coloring agent to see how it would turn out.
If you happen to buy a Silpat or already own one, there are a couple of pointers you need to watch out for in order to prolong the usage of these wonderful, non-stick, heat resistant silicone mats.
1. Silpats should always be stored flat! Not folded.
2. Never use knives, or anything sharp to cut or clean on the Silpat. You will damage the surface.
3. Do not use Silpat over direct flame, stove tops or even on the grill.
4. Always use a soft sponge with a light soap detergent to clean the Silpat, and rinse with water. Then wipe dry with clothe.
5. Never cut up the Silpat into little pieces. Don't ask why. Just don't it!!