Today I am sharing some great information regarding the burning question of parchment paper vs. wax paper. Are they the same? Are they different? Can they be used interchangeably or should they have a designated spot in your kitchen repertoire? We are going to cover all of those questions that I have received from many of you over the years as well as offer up some great tips, tricks and hacks that you can use in your own life using both of these products.
The “get down to business” answer here is no, parchment and wax paper are not the same. While they can both be used to collect messes, avoid a lot of clean up and help with certain tasks, they are not identical in those tasks.
Parchment paper has been around for centuries. However it only gained popularity in the kitchen beginning in the mid 1800s when a couple of fine French gentlemen developed a way to coat paper with a substance that would allow the paper to become greaseproof and essentially non-stick. This was the birth of what could be referred to as “kitchen paper” and has evolved into what we know today in the form of parchment paper on rolls and individual sheets that help us bake great goodies without worry of removing them from the pan. Parchment can be used without problems, in the oven up to 450 degrees and can be used to line cake pans, brownie pans and to make dishes such as fish, chicken and vegetable en papillote or in a bundle.
Wax paper is what our grandmother’s used to wrap leftovers and pack brown bag lunches before plastic bags came on the scene. Even my own mother used it to wrap sandwiches for my lunch when I was small. Wax paper was laid out in long swaths upon the table at Christmas when homemade chocolates and other treats were dipped and awaited drying time. Wax paper has it;s place, but one place it should never go is in the oven. This kitchen paper is coated on both sides with wax which will and can melt depending on the heat intensity and you can run the risk of this igniting under certain conditions. To be safe, this should never be used to line cake pans, or cookie sheets as it can be very unsafe.
Wax paper can be used to slick up your can opener, shine up your chrome fixtures and even slick up your metal or plastic sliding board! You can use parchment to line cookie and cake pans, make cornets or cones to pipe icing, old school, in place of a disposable piping bag or use it in a myriad of ways in the craft room! Parchment or wax paper can be used to line the table in place of newspaper when crafting, painting or doing any sort of messy work and can even be an aid when rebuilding equipment or cleaning your Winchester. A clean work surface is the best place to start and these tools are a great way to do that.
I hope this was informative and helpful and maybe even a little fun for you to learn about the differences in both these kitchen staples. Use one or both depending on your needs!
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