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Apr 27, 2010 06:48 AM

Braising: can I use brown paper instead of parchment?

I can't find the parchment paper. Can I use brown paper instead? Thanks!

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  1. Not sure what you are going to use paper in braising for but I wouldn't recommend using brown paper instead.

    Parchment is teflon infused paper, making it impervious to heat below about 450 degrees F. Brown paper would scorch long before that. It might even catch fire.

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    1. re: tonka11_99

      paper burns at 451. (hence the book farenheit 451)
      teflon has nothing to do with it

      brown paper would work

      i often do a fish en papillote using a brown paper bag instead of crimping and folding parchment

      1. re: thew

        Thank you! I should be ok then since this braise will be done in an electric skillet with lid and simmered at the lowest setting (so maybe 200 degrees?)

        1. re: E_M

          Just a note that we have been using parchment in braising (a la All About Braising) and think it has contributed to great results. Have done in a dutch oven though, not skillet.

    2. The brown paper will absorb the liquid, the silicone infused parchment will not.

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      1. re: John E.

        I cannot imagine it can absorb all that much, though

      2. I've used it. And everythign turned out fine. Then I discovered Parchment paper was better.

        1. If you're putting this into a closed container with steam and liquid is it not going to fall apart?

          1. Are you talking about a paper lid, that rests on top of the liquid?