Reusable Parchment Paper - Williams Sonoma
I often reuse parchment papers for a batch of bake goods. On the other hand, I seldomly reuse them from one day to another.
When I came across that Williams Sonoma is offering reuseable parchment paper, I did't give much thought, since I know many people including myself reuse them to some extents.
Today, I reread the item description and realize:
"Can be reused thousands of times. "
Wow, THOUSANDS of times. That is a lot. What do you think/feel about this? Just to clarify, it is not a roll of paper. It is only 13" x 16".
You can reuse regular parchment as well, but probably not thousands of times. In fact, regular parchment can be reused until it takes on a scorched appearance. Commercial bakeries do this, but then they can keep the parchment in the sheet pan and they have the facilities to store a bunch of sheet pans horizontally. Me, I store sheet pans vertically so I use fresh paper for each cooking session.
Interesting thing about that oven liner material, ferret, is that I found it 2 other iterations.
1. My sister bought some at a county fair. It was advertised as an ironing cloth.
2. I found it in the cookware section of Cost Plus. It's sold as a cookie sheet liner.
I can attest it works very well.
Interesting, maybe someone will do a comparison between that and silpat type sheets.
According to the Silpat site http://silpat.com/faq.html it can be used up to 480 degrees but should not be cut due to the possibility of fiberglass contaminating the food.
So the question would be how does one product insure that fiberglass does not mix with the food? Ingesting fiberglass can cause a lot of problems that most doctors will have a hard time diagnosing.
That's OK... "thousands of times" will more likely equal zero times, as I get frustrated that I cut this $&^#*% twenty dollar sheet ino the wrong size. LOL!
I like having a whole roll of parchment at my disposal, and also like not having to wash it when I'm done.
Also, at $20/sheet, I'd need to purchase several and cut to the sizes I use the most.
Perhaps in a commercial setting this would be great, but not for a little home baker like me :)