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Do you reuse your parchment paper? If so, when do you retire it?

OK, so I'm a new convert to parchment paper. I use it almost any time I turn on my oven. And I'm also a cheapskate. So after discarding after first use, I've started reusing the parchment I use to bake cookies (my guy eats a LOT of cookies and I bake them one batch at a time).

I'm not so much a cheapskate that I would save the parchment I used to roast veggies for the next time...

Do you re-use? If so, how do you decide that the time's ripe for new paper? If not, wanna share experiences that would make me reconsider my re-use habits?

Thanks all!

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  1. I re-use mine basically until it cracks from brittleness or until it starts to transfer burned flavors into what I'm baking (usually cookies, I bake 2-3 at a time from frozen dough).

    1. I reuse the parchment during the baking of a batch of cookies. I use the KA half sheets, and usually use 2 per batch, scooping onto one sheet while the other is in the oven. If I'm making several batches at once, I'll keep on using the two sheets until I am done.

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      1. re: roxlet

        I also reuse for batches of cookies and toss same day. Never thought of trying to save it for another day. Hmmmm. I also hate Silpat mats and gave mine away after one use.

      2. I don't reuse parchment paper, as when I do use it, it's generally not fit to be used again (greasy, brittle, etc.). I use a silicon mat for cookies and such; have you considered buying one of those? I think I paid about $20 for mine a long time ago; I just wash it and dry it and it's good to go again.

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        1. re: Niki in Dayton

          I do the same--so easy and environmental.

          1. re: chowser

            I bought - and hate - a Silpat mat. It's too hot to easily whisk off the pan when it comes out of the oven, and there's a greasy/tacky film under the outlines of the cookies. Also, the cookies slide right off the mat when I lift it from the pan.

            I re-use parchment for baking until it becomes greasy, brittle, or grocery-bag brown.

            1. re: greygarious

              I gave up on Silpats for the same reasons as greygarious, and also reuse parchment a couple of times at least, as long as it's in good shape.

        2. I'll wipe it with a damp paper towel and re-use it until somebody else throws it out. At which point I'll complain that it's been thrown out prematurely. I don't honestly remember the last time I threw out parchment.

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          1. re: ricepad

            I just bought a new box and will now try this method, thanks. :)

          2. I use the half sheets from King Arthur, and I generally don't reuse them except, like roxlet, while baking multiple trays out of a batch of dough. I've thought about reusing it, but the sheets always end up brownish and kind of brittle, so I've never bothered.

            I had a silpat a while back, but I never really liked it.

            1. Sometime -- that is my answer.

              1. I don't bake much and my parchment paper is always brown and crispy from pizza or obviously one use for baking fish. Is there no concern about the oil on the paper getting rancid?

                1. No re-using here either. I will re-use in a single baking session as long as the paper is holding up but it always gets discarded afterwards. I did buy a Silpat and I tried hard to like it but I just don't.

                  1. No. As soon as I'm done using it once.

                    1. No, I buy it in bulk on amazon and its really cheap. I like it because of the easy cleanup, when Im making things that are a bit messy I cover my cabinet with parchment paper so I can just roll it all up and throw it away and dont have to clean anything.

                      I do try to reuse cheesecloth though ><

                      1. 20 pizzas and counting ... same parchment circle! The edges are getting brittle so might be time. I slide the pizza off the paper onto the stone during the last 3 minutes of baking so very little of the paper is exposed to direct heat.