DRY wax paper vs parchment paper
Hi all. My first post here but have been reading for years and loving it!
I have seen topics here already on wax paper versus parchment paper, but I was wondering if anyone had any information on DRY wax paper versus parchment paper. Regular wax paper has a paraffin coating on the outside, and dry wax paper goes through a heating, cooling, and pressure treatment so that the wax actually permeates to the inside of the paper. Think deli paper. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks!
The two have totally different applications. They're not necessarily interchangeable.
Wax paper is for when you need to make things like sticky drop cookies that need a place to harden where they will not stick.
Parchment paper is meant to be used in cooking, in ovens, mainly, though you could use it for other things, I suppose.
Aluminum foil is nice in that unlike the other two, it can be used over and over and recycled. Just my 2 cents.
Even though "dry" waxed paper is fully impregnated with wax so that it is not just a surface coating, the wax is still likely to melt at oven temperatures which, you can bet, could become a fire hazard.
Wax paper is commonly used to line pans where the entire surface of the paper is covered with the food produce (e.g. lining a cake pan bottom) but I wouldn't use it in the oven or on the stove in any other fashion.
Thanks for your reply. I may try to use it in the oven. I hope I don't blow the place up, LOL. I use parchment paper too, but I was wondering if dry wax paper might be a cheaper alternative. The manufacturer says it is "impregnated" (hee) with wax.
As for other uses, it's great for gloopy sandwiches, fish and chips, decorating cookies, drizzling frostings on things, etc. I use it to measure out ingredients, grate cheese, flour and bread things, etc. It holds up well to moisture and grease. When I fry things, I put a piece of dry wax paper on a plate and then a couple of paper towels over that. After I drain the fried foods, I just turn them over onto the plate, which remains grease-free, and I throw the dry wax paper and paper towels out. I use it for lots of things, even place mats outside on the picnic table.