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Allice98 Aug 13, 2009 06:00 AM

I am wondering if anyone has any tips for storing pre-cut parchment for sheet pans. I am in the middle of a kitchen remodel and need to figure out where I will put this when it is finished.

Yes, i know I can buy it wound around the cardboard tubes - but I never cut it to the right length and then it inevitably curls up tight again right before I want to put something back on it so i indulge since I do so much baking. To me it is worth the extra expense.

It needs to be stored flat so how do any of you that use this product manage?

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    anniemax Aug 13, 2009 07:29 AM

    Are you talking about sheets big enough for full sheet pans or half sheet pans? Where I buy mine, its full sheet sized, but its folded over in half, over a half sheet size piece of cardboard. The last time I picked it up, I bought 2 packages and took both cardboards out. I taped them together, along 3 sides, leaving one long side open where the folded edge of parchment will be. I did have to leave some space, like you would at the bottom of the manila file folder, to allow for thickness of the parchment to fit in its custom folder. I keep it in the same cupboard as I do my cookie sheets, which has a divider

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      anniemax Aug 13, 2009 07:36 AM

      Are you talking about sheets big enough for full sheet pans or half sheet pans? Where I buy mine, its full sheet sized, but its folded over in half, over a half sheet size piece of cardboard. The last time I picked it up, I bought 2 packages and took both cardboards out. I taped them together, along 3 sides, leaving one long side open where the folded edge of parchment will be. I did have to leave some space, like you would at the bottom of the manila file folder, to allow for thickness of the parchment to fit in its custom folder. I keep it in the same cupboard as I do my cookie sheets, which has a divider so they all stand on end.

      As for the parchment on rolls, I agree that stuff is a nightmare with it always rolling back up & its never the right size. And at least for me, its much more expensive then getting the full sheet sized parchment at a local restaurant supply store. I don't use full sized sheet pans at home, only half & quarter, but having the full sized sheets is so much more convenient when I want to line longer bread loaf pans & such.

      One of these days, I would like to upgrade my cardboard folder to something like plexiglass...its on that long list of things to do.

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        dscheidt Aug 13, 2009 08:21 PM

        I get full-sized sheets, packed 100 or 50 to a pack. They're folded, roughly, in half over a piece of cardboard, and then the whole set is in plastic. I cut the plastic on the folded edge of the sheets, and take them out one at a time. Then I fold them exactly in half, and cut into two using a sharp straight knife. (That is faster and straighter than using shears. Using a serrated blade will leave a fuzzy edge. Doesn't matter for lining a pan, but it does if you're making piping cones.)

        I'll also point out that much of the "parchment" sold at restaurant suppliers is not parchment, but quillon lined.

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          janniecooks Aug 14, 2009 04:45 AM

          I haven't used the product but as I was passing by the kitchen design area of Home Depot recently I noticed a great cabinet that had very shallow large drawers for storing kitchen linens flat. They would work great for any flat goods including parchment, and since you're in the middle of a remodel may be worth considering.

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            Allice98 Aug 14, 2009 06:06 AM

            Great thought! Cabinets are already in however and the only large drawer is where the silverware will live. =-( I didn't think about parchment when I planned the cabinets ;-) it used to live on top of the microwave - weird place, but it worked. Now we are getting an over the range model so.... oops!

            I am thinking that if it fits I might try to put it between the fridge and the cabinet above it, but I won't know until the fridge is in place. I was so curious to know what other people did with it though. I buy the stuff from King Arthur Flour and I really love it.

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              sharhamm Aug 14, 2009 06:47 AM

              If you have more than one large sheet pan, store it between the two of them.

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            Sherri Aug 14, 2009 06:59 AM

            While I do have a large drawer available for parchment paper storage, I prefer to store them elsewhere. I buy the whole sheet pan-size sheets at a resto supply house. Leave them on the cardboard, cut in half along one the folded side. Using two large office supply paper clamps, clamp the cut sides to the cardboard. Unclamp and remove each sheet as needed. I store this, upright, with the sheet pans.

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              Allice98 Aug 14, 2009 12:07 PM

              I think that this might be something that I try - I have to store my cookie sheets upright now.

              I will still see if I can lay it on top of the fridge though since that would be the most convenient way - but of course if I count on doing this there won't be enough room...

            2. Paulustrious Aug 14, 2009 07:33 AM

              Flatten the curly ones and store them underneath / between your cookie sheets. They eventually respond to the 'flat iron' technique.

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                AGM_Cape_Cod Aug 14, 2009 07:42 AM

                I buy a case of the pan liners that commercial bakeries use and keep the case in the basement. For current usage I keep sheets on a skirt hanger in the closet. Keeps them flat and accessible.

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                  Allice98 Aug 14, 2009 12:09 PM

                  This seems like a great option for people that have a closet near the kitchen. Unfortunately if I did this I would have to go upstairs every time I needed parchment!

                  I am going to need to look into getting the larger sheets though - i don't have full size, maybe half?

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