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Nov 28, 2011 11:24 AM

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!

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    1. Dry wax paper is not oven-proof. Parchment paper is. I use the later for lining baking sheets and for baking certain foods in a packet. I'm not sure what I'd use dry wax paper for.

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      1. re: bitchincook

        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.

        1. re: kooky

          Let me get this right, in order to save a few pennies, you are willing to try to use something that will catch fire in your oven? Is this a parable on the penny wise pound foolish tale?

          Try release aluminum foil, it works great and you can save and reuse it.

          1. re: Quine

            Not a parable at all, but a true story. Fancy that.

      2. 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.

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        1. re: todao

          You're probably right. Maybe I'll try to put a little piece of it alongside something I'm already baking on parchment paper and then watch it closely. If it looks like it's going to go up in flames, I'll snatch it out of the oven! Adventures in the kitchen. :)

          1. re: kooky

            If it doesn't go up in flames you may still have a waxy flavor in your baked goods. Just remember 9-1-1 !!!

              1. re: kooky

                I lost everything I owned, including my 500+ cookbook collection, and my pets in a house fire, happened while I was at work. I do not LOL at fires. Pray that you never experience that.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: natewrites

            Exactly what natewrites said - I use all three, for different applications. I don't put waxed paper in the oven, but I do use it to wrap things, and when I make candy, in place of a silpat.