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Dec 11, 2006 09:59 PM

parchment paper vs. waxed paper ?

Is there a difference between parchment paper and waxed paper? Can waxed paper be used to line a cookie sheet? I have always used parchment paper instead.

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  1. There is a difference. Parchment is effectively teflon coated. Wax paper is wax coated. Use parchment. You will be much happier.

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    1. re: Louise

      Seriously - what does make parchment paper non-stick? I'm sure it isn't teflon. But now I'm wondering how come it works.

      1. re: Nyleve

        Nyleve, that is a very good point. I just looked on my box of parchment paper . It is made by Reynolds aluminum and is made in France. curiously it says not to use it in a toaster oven, under a broiler or in Halogen light ovens. I guess it will catch on fire under high heat conditions.

        1. re: BJE

          It's important not to have parchment overhang a cookie sheet
          by any amount..for that overhang will also catch fire.

          1. re: serious

            Is this realy true? I've baked a few things recently with some overhang, and I haven't yet had a fire... but I'm wiling to be convinced.

            1. re: serious

              Yikes, I never knew that and have let it overhang. But I'll be careful in the future not to do so.

              1. re: serious

                that's really true, I tried making some profiteroles last week and even though the parchment didn't catch fire, it was burned pretty badly

              2. re: BJE


                If it is made in France, can you tell me how they call it in French. I live in Belgium.

                Thank you,

                1. re: newyorkcollins

                  When I lived in London, the Costco there sold HUGE tubes of "siliconised paper", which is essentially parchment paper. Hope that helps. I wished they sold the large quantities in the US. As for its qualities, I use parchment paper instead of a pizza stone when I make pizzas. The paper withstands 500 degrees and doesn't spill onto the floor of the oven. I also use it to line cakes and cookie sheets. Greatest invention since sliced bread!!!

                    1. re: newyorkcollins

                      Papier parchemin ou papier pour en papillote...

                  1. re: Nyleve

                    I just checked on wikipedia and it says that cooking parchment paper is impregnated with a silicone and the need to grease a cookie sheet is eliminated.

                  2. re: Louise

                    In the UK they call parchment paper "siliconized" paper, so it's much different than waxed paper. As a result it can take high temperature, like silicon scrapers, and it also has a non-stick quality to it. As for the comments about it catching fire in the oven, I'm dubious. I bake pizzas directly on the rack at 500 degrees and while the paper does turn dark, it's never caught fire. I wouldn't cook at higher temperatures than 500, though. Most professional bakers use parchment to line cookie trays too because it promotes even browning.

                  3. I believe parchment is the only one intended for oven temperatures...

                    1. DO NOT line a cookie sheet with waxed paper- it will smoke you out something terrible! Waxed paper is only good for using outside of the oven or in the oven with something that covers it completely, i.e. a cake. I only use parchment now, just because it's more versatile, in my opinion.

                      1. You'll be happier, to be explicit, 'cause the wax on the wp would melt and the whole thing could burn and you'd have a food tragedy on your hands. Parchment doesn't have the coating, is oven-proof, and a blessing for baking things without having them stick.

                        1. Thanks everyone for all the warnings. I figured there must be a difference between the two. I only wondered because of the reference to using either on a cookie sheet for baking biscotti on this web site.
                          I'm glad I bought a box of parchment paper to do my 2nd batch of biscotti.

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                          1. re: BJE

                            Believe me, I only know that by experiencing the smoke myself! :-)