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Holy smoking wax paper!

hughes227 May 21, 2010 05:52 AM

When I blind bake tarts or make sugar cookies, I use a sheet of wax paper on the pan. My roll says it's microwave safe, but in the oven, it smokes. Sometimes, I'm afraid my fire alarm will go off in my apartment!

Is there a way to prevent this or a different brand of wax paper that I should be using?


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    icecone May 28, 2010 03:57 PM

    Wax paper is fine for low temperature baking. I use it at 250F and once in a while at 300F without problems.

    1. amokscience May 21, 2010 08:46 AM

      Microwaves work on water molecules so something with no water like wax paper works fine in there.

      Your oven doesn't work on the same heating method so you have to use something like parchment paper or easy release foil.

      I don't use wax paper for anything anymore.

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      1. re: amokscience
        greygarious May 21, 2010 08:58 AM

        < I don't use wax paper for anything anymore.>

        Me either. I can't think of any use for it that wouldn't also work with more-versatile parchment. I prefer parchment to the Silpat, which was expensive and needs washing, after which it can still feel gummy. If I hadn't bought a restaurant-suppy box of (full-size sheet pan) parchment sheets some years ago, I'd try the washable parchment stuff.

        1. re: greygarious
          janetms383 May 28, 2010 03:59 PM

          I use wax paper to cover things in the micro

        2. re: amokscience
          momskitchen May 27, 2010 06:15 PM

          I use wax paper to wrap sandwiches for lunch....it's biodegradable

          1. re: momskitchen
            Will Owen May 28, 2010 02:05 PM

            I use it a lot, but only for grating cheese onto, or spreading crumbs or flour onto for breading stuff. And since I do those sorts of things very frequently I can't do without it. Tearing a foot or so off the roll and throwing it away might sound wasteful, but it beats all the hot water I'd use to wash a reusable cutting mat or whatever.

            1. re: Will Owen
              Becca Porter May 28, 2010 03:24 PM

              Yeah Will, I keep it on hand for that sort of thing, or for placing things dipped in chocolate to set. I do not have to feel guilty about wasting parchment for non-cooking applications...

        3. Cherylptw May 21, 2010 07:04 AM

          Parchment or baking paper...

          1. momskitchen May 21, 2010 06:05 AM

            I wouldn't use wax paper....use parchment paper instead. Foil will make your stuff burn, so don't use that. Or, you can also use a silicone mat like Silpat.

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            1. re: momskitchen
              MandalayVA May 21, 2010 06:14 AM

              Ditto on the Silpat, works great.

              1. re: MandalayVA
                bushwickgirl May 21, 2010 06:20 AM

                Or reusable super parchment paper. Amazon has a number of brands and sizes, some of which you can cut to fit your baking sheets. In another thread about a similar subject, posters mentioned that they purchased this product at grocery stores, and I believe Target sells it as well:


                1. re: bushwickgirl
                  jayaymeye May 28, 2010 12:47 PM

                  Sorry to be somewhat tangential, but how (besides price!) is "super parchment paper" different from using a Silpat. Cooking differences? One better than the other? Thanks!

                  1. re: jayaymeye
                    bushwickgirl May 28, 2010 02:48 PM

                    It has the same non-stick properties and no-stick results as Silpat. I posted the link as info for a cheaper option to Silpat and it's ilk. Silpats are great but, imo, overpriced.

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              Liz K May 21, 2010 05:56 AM

              use foil, NOT wax paper

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              1. re: Liz K
                Liz K May 21, 2010 06:48 AM

                Sorry the blind baking threw me off, yes parchment for UNDER the tarts.

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