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parchment vs waxed paper

KaimukiMan May 9, 2007 01:54 PM

Is I see the TV cooks talking about/using parchment and wondered if it is different from waxed paper? Just a different name for the same thing? I have never seen parchment paper for sale in the grocery store. Can someone educate me please.

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    LabRat May 10, 2007 01:10 PM

    Parchment paper is coated with silicone while wax paper is coated with...well...wax. The silicone coating creates a non-stick surface that can withstand much higher temperatures than wax paper can.

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    1. re: LabRat
      KaimukiMan May 16, 2007 03:37 PM

      thanks LabRat for explaining the technical difference, and thank all of you for the clarification on the uses and potential pitfalls.

    2. daily_unadventures May 10, 2007 08:16 AM

      I buy my parchment at costco, its a great deal.


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        thinks too much May 9, 2007 04:17 PM

        In lieu of parchment, I often use brown paper. Seems to work just fine, and it's a heck of a lot cheaper.

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          zataar May 9, 2007 06:24 PM

          Neary all cake decorating shops have full sheet tray sheets of parchment for about 10 cents a sheet. Just cut them to fit your baking pan, or tear them in half for a half sheet tray. It's much more cost effective than buying rolls in a gourmet shop or at the grocery store.
          Waxed paper to me seems to hold too much moisture.

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            Julefish May 9, 2007 10:15 PM

            i have used wax paper in a pinch for cookies, and if there is enough cookie dough covering the wax paper, it actually works ok.

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              thinks too much May 10, 2007 08:09 AM

              I wasn't referring to wax paper, as the OP was. I was referring to brown paper, like chopping up my very free grocery bags, the ones I get when I forget to bring my canvas bags

            2. re: thinks too much
              chef chicklet May 16, 2007 03:03 PM

              Brown paper on the roll as in, paper to ship things in? I hope so I have a ton of it, I think parchment paper really over-priced and there never seems to be enough on the roll!

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              coconutz May 9, 2007 03:52 PM

              Just to comment on the difference between parchment and waxed paper. Waxed paper will burn if exposed during baking. So you cannot use it to line a pan for cookies (you can with parchment.) But I do use waxed paper to line the bottom of a cake pan when I am going to pour batter completely over it. I do this for upside down cake when I have no parchment paper.

              You don't mention the application you need parchment paper for, if it is to line sheet pans, often silpat is a good choice as it is reusable.

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                spabettie May 9, 2007 05:48 PM

                I use Silpat sheets now: http://www.demarleusa.com/product/sil... ,

                ...but still use parchment on occasion and used to reuse it all the time! 8)

                1. re: spabettie
                  foodstorm May 10, 2007 10:18 AM

                  Love my Silpats! The parchment paper just sits on the shelf collecting dust now...

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                    Candy May 11, 2007 02:49 PM

                    I have Silpats and Parchement. It depends on what I am baking which I use. Some cookies just don't get as crisp with Silpat

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                      spabettie May 11, 2007 03:40 PM

                      Yep! that's why I use both! I love my Silpats, but Parchment is great for some... I bake A LOT of 'cookie - cutter' cookies, and most recipes I use come out best on parchment.

              2. KaimukiMan May 9, 2007 03:46 PM

                thanks for the answers. i guess i will have to head down to the kitchen store and fork over an indecent amount of money as the grocery stores here do not carry parchment paper (I have looked) - baking is not a common hobby here i guess.

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                  Anne May 9, 2007 02:09 PM

                  You should be able to find parchment paper made by Reynolds in any decent-sized grocery store. It would be near the aluminum foil. Here's a link to their website---where you can order a free sample!

                  1. spabettie May 9, 2007 02:00 PM

                    Parchment is essentially "baking paper" and has many uses... a non-stick surface for baking cookies, etc on a sheet, whereas (the exposed surfaces of) a wax paper would smoke / burn in the oven.

                    Parchment can be found in cooking stores and baking supply, but I have also found it in my grocery store (I think it is becoming more common).

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