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Can I use waxed paper instead of tin foil?

lmuller Oct 6, 2006 09:02 PM

I am making a paella recipe that needs to bake for one hour covered with tin foil. I am feeling too lazy to go out to buy more but I have waxed paper. Can I cover it with that instead? Other suggestions?

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  1. Katie Nell RE: lmuller Oct 6, 2006 09:07 PM

    I wouldn't... it will smoke you out, that's for sure! Waxed paper doesn't really do well in the oven unless it's completely covered by something, like cake batter.

    1. Chocolatechipkt RE: lmuller Oct 6, 2006 09:08 PM

      Waxed paper in the oven will smoke.

      I had a cooking instructor once who used Saran wrap when he baked things. He said it was fine as long as you weren't cooking at really high temps, but I haven't tried it.

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      1. re: Chocolatechipkt
        jen kalb RE: Chocolatechipkt Sep 12, 2012 02:46 PM

        saran wrap doesnt have the same formulation it used to - either way this is bad advice

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        ceeceee RE: lmuller Oct 6, 2006 09:30 PM

        maybe parchment paper--that's oven proof up to about 450...if you have it on hand?

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          suebro RE: lmuller Oct 6, 2006 09:33 PM

          Why don't you just cover the dish with a lid, or a cookie sheet?

          1. mrsleny RE: lmuller Oct 7, 2006 05:31 AM

            Don't do it! As others have said, it will smoke. I should know as I have set off the smoke detector when I did that.

            1. toodie jane RE: lmuller Oct 7, 2006 08:45 PM


              1. Karl S RE: lmuller Oct 8, 2006 10:59 PM

                NO! Wax paper will melt wax into the food. Wax paper is not intended for use with anything other than the gentlest of heat (poaching fish below a simmer for a short time).

                1. jen kalb RE: lmuller Oct 8, 2006 11:08 PM

                  if you have a cookie sheet, you might try layering that over the top. - or any other kind of lid.

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                    toodie jane RE: jen kalb Oct 12, 2006 01:54 AM

                    this is so practical, jen.

                    I use cookie sheets, my corningware plates (pyrex glass), glass or aluminum pie plates and even pyrex glass bowls as "lids" to cooking vessels that don't come with them. Sometimes my stove looks like the kitchen section of a thrift store instead of a work area! But they work!

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                    mshensley RE: lmuller Jun 18, 2012 12:51 AM

                    No, but if you have a spare disposable tin pie pan you can cut out the center and put that over the pie.

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                      poqbum RE: lmuller Sep 12, 2012 02:35 PM


                      I just tried this. On the box it says you can bake brownies with it.. so I thought hey that must mean it will be ok to put in the oven.

                      NOPE. Smoke everywhere! Don't do it!

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                        jen kalb RE: poqbum Sep 12, 2012 02:50 PM

                        YOu can use waxed paper in the oven - Ive used it my whole cooking life for operations such as lining cake pans, brownie pans etc.Even on the edge it doesnt burn. but I wouldnt risk it out in the open on the top of a dish.

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                          toodie jane RE: jen kalb Sep 12, 2012 05:45 PM

                          The parafin melts, and gets into foods. You body cannot digest or eliminate it well. Foil is best choice.

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                            divadmas RE: toodie jane Jun 3, 2014 04:12 PM

                            when you peel it off the bottom of cake layer the wax stays on paper and pulls off a thin layer of crumbs. my mom used to always do that but I have gotten away from it. I seldom sift either which she always did.

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