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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.

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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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  1. eugie says:

    OMG, I just finished baking some cookies using wax paper. Never again, thanks 😳

  2. Miguel Perez says:

    Can I use wax paper in a steamer

  3. Mel Rose says:

    well now I’m pretty sure my fiancé has accidentally melted wax into our oven cooked food for the last 5 years so it’s no wonder I’m chronically sick but hey thank you for posting this video lmao

    also you scared the heck out of me yelling like that in the beginning dang sister!

  4. MON Ahumada says:

    I'm glad I came here before I used my wax paper in my oven, thanks!!

  5. Lavender PinkRose says:

    The last time I made cookies, I made the mistake of lining my cookie sheets with wax paper as I didn't have parchment paper and thought they were the same thing. Filled my apartment with smoke to the point that it set my fire alarms. Thank God the wax paper didn't ignite. Definitely going to invest in some parchment paper. Learn from my mistake, people! Do NOT put wax paper in the oven!

  6. howl my beloved✨ says:

    oh thank gosh i searched this up first,i was going to put wax paper for my cookies

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  8. Layne Perry says:

    Thanks for the information. I always used waxed paper to line my cake pans. O but I will never do it again😳

  9. Eva C says:

    No wonder. I didn't know! How embarrassing… 🤭

  10. Rita Mangus says:

    I forgot about the wax paper/slide trick. Thx for the memories! I use a piece of parchment paper to line my bread pans (length wise). Works great to help get bread out easily.

  11. miya z says:

    Thanks the info

  12. Alexis Snape says:

    Me: is hear to see which way is up on my wax paper so i can put my pizza dough in the oven.
    ”wax paper isnt for use in the oven”
    me: 👁👄👁

  13. Always Eaton Sweets says:

    I use a TON of parchment!! My Sam's club has been out of it for the past 8 months!! They have the best price for it. Christmas came early for me when they finally got some in last week! I was literally jumping up and down in excitement. If that wasn't embarrassing enough for my 10yr old daughter I took a selfie holding the rolls like a new born baby LOL

  14. Marksman Girl Gamer says:

    so thats what i made wrong.. i cannot find parchment paper at the grocery store.. and i used wax paper.. LOL.. i put it in the oven lol..

    it is my first time to bake and i though why is it not easy to remove.

  15. Dorothy Locke says:

    Wax paper cannot be used on Sublimation, RIGHT???

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  17. Star Bliss says:

    8:01 No one got her pun?? " TO WRAP THINGS UP" 🤣🤣🤣.. i don't think she even noticed🤣🤣

  18. Derba Williams says:

    My grandmother used wax paper and I do too for ginger bread

  19. charina enchente says:

    Can you please tell me how to get the wax paper off my made at home peanut brittle?

  20. Jennifer's Spot says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  21. Dana Dana says:

    The problem with regular baking paper that you’ll find at the supermarket is that it’s packed with a number of toxins that make it perform the way it does. Some of these are:
    Bleach and Dioxins.

  22. Marcelo Vitoi says:

    I simply loved this video! Thank you….. never knew the difference between them….. only now did I find this video because I just baked a vegetable pie with wax paper and it stuck completely to the pie…… 🙁 Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! I hope I can find parchment paper in my country!

  23. Ari Mata says:

    Thanks for this. I was about to use wax paper instead of parchment paper to make cupcake liners. So I was about to put wax paper in the oven and you saved me from potentially making my cupcakes toxic or causing a fire

  24. Candies And Cats says:

    Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  25. Selena says:

    Thanks love this video

  26. Mars Sartori says:

    I learned that Wax paper and Parchment are different the hard way after putting in cauliflower pizza with wax paper in the oven and it came out beautiful but completely stuck…sigh!

  27. Pam Russell says:

    I just love your channel you dont miss anything..

  28. William Holmes says:

    The first time I saw parchment made into a circle that way was watching The French Chef with Julia Child. (Genius). I line my potsticker frying pan with parchment for super easy cleanup (Just make the circle slightly larger than the pan base so the oil doesn't leak underneath the parchment paper).

  29. Stephanie Valencia says:

    I learned that wax paper is not good in the oven the hard way the stink is awful.

  30. Tiffany Burgess says:

    I've been looking for this answer for YEARS! I'm now a subscriber! Thanks for taking the time to explain, I really appreciate it!

  31. Charlene Brady says:

    Thanks for the tips ❤️

  32. Aria Inman says:

    You are a FINE TEACHER….thanks for sharing. I learned a lot.

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