Yoshi Grill and Bake is basically a set of mats you use either on the barbecue or in the oven to cook food with no burning or sticky, gooey mess. That’s because they say it has a 100% non-stick surface and can withstand up to 500 degrees of heat.
There are a lot of these types of mats out there, but this particular brand is sold by Idea Village, based in Ft. Wayne NJ. They currently have a D rating from the BBB, so that might give you some idea about what to expect.
The Yoshi Grill and Bake Pitch
The sound of a gong introduces the Yoshi Grill and Bake, which is supposed to make you think this idea comes from The Far East (SPOILER ALERT: it doesn’t.) Then they go and show you all the cool things they say you can use it for, both indoors and out.
What Yoshi Grill & Bake Does
They claim when you use the Yoshi mat, the food doesn’t stick, the grill stays clean, and yet you still have those grill marks everybody loves. To prove this, they show you a bunch of different items being cooked on the Yoshi Grill mat like fish, steaks, veggies, even a glob of melted cheese. All of which are easily flipped and removed without mess.
Inside the oven, the Yoshi Bake mat claims to do similar wonders. Placed inside an ordinary baking pan, a cake is easily lifted out when done, and a pizza slides right off ready to serve.
What Yoshi Grill & Bake Is
These mats are made by several different manufacturers, but all seem to be a PTFE-coated glass fabric sheet (the “grill” mat is black and the “bake” is tan). They all claim to be non-toxic and free of PFOA, which is found in many non-stick pans and may be harmful to your health.
This fabric looks cool because you can cut it, wash it, use it on either side and it can withstand enough heat for cooking.
- 2 Yoshi Grill Mats (no size given, but based on other similar products we guess it’s 15.75 x 13 inches)
- 1 Yoshi Bake Mat
- 1 Grip ‘n Flip Spatula (extra S & H)
What Yoshi Grill & Bake Costs:
Yoshi Grill & Bake is $19.99 and shipping is included, which is very nice of them. If you would like the “bonus” spatula, that will cost you an additional $3.99. They give you a 30 day warranty. (You are also signing an arbitration agreement when you click Buy, which is NOT very nice of them.)
Bottom Line Is Yoshi Grill and Bake a Scam?
Grill mats are very “hot” right now, and Idea Village is trying to cash in with their own “Asian” twist. Although shipping is free, it’s still a little on the pricey side, especially when there is so much competition. For the most part, people seem to be satisfied with how these mats work, although some brands perform better than others.
What we’re saying is, yes grill mats are good, but you might want to shop around for a more reputable seller.