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Jun 22, 2011 10:33 AM

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.